Johnson and Shankar recognized in District 7’s first varsity team

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State Track and Field Athletes Cassidy Johnson and Tejaswin Shankar were named to the CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District 7 for their outstanding performance on the track as well as in the classroom, the organization announced Thursday (May 26).

Academic winners from all first-team districts qualify for the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot. The winners of the first, second and third team Academic All-America will be announced in June.

Johnson set the school record in the women’s 800 meters at the 2022 NCAA Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Alabama. In the 800 meter preliminaries, Johnson clocked 2:03.95, qualifying her for the final. The following day, Johnson again broke the set record with a time of 2:03.93 and finished fifth overall, earning All-America honors.

In the 2022 NCAA West Preliminaries on Wednesday, May 26, Johnson clocked a time of 2:05.00 and will advance to the quarterfinals on Friday, May 28 to seek a spot at NCAA Outdoors in Eugene, Oregon.

In the 2021-21 season, Johnson was named to the first-team Academic All-Big 12 for track and field and was one of 22 people from K-State on the cross-country team listed in the first All-Big 12 academic team. Johnson had a 4.0 grade point average and is majoring in dietetics, nutrition and health and Spanish.

Shankar placed second at the 2022 Big 12 Indoor Championships in the high jump and earned third place in his first-ever decathlon with 7,592 points at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships.

In the NCAA West Preliminaries, the New Delhi native will compete in the men’s high jump on Friday, May 27 and prepare to qualify for his fourth appearance outside the NCAA.

During the season, Shankar earned his fourth All-Big 12 First Team academic honor while majoring in accounting and finance and earning a master’s degree in accounting.

The 2021-22 All Academic District Men’s Track and Field Cross Country Team, selected by CoSIDA, recognized the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined competitive and classroom performances. The CoSIDA Academic All-America program separately recognizes winners in four divisions – NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, and NAIA.

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