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IRVING, Texas - University of Colorado junior Andy Wacker has been named to the Fall Chick-Fil-A Community of Champions, as recognized by the Big 12 Conference.

Wacker, a junior on the cross country and track and field teams, is an evolutionary biology and integrative physiology major with a 3.123 grade point average. He was just named to the 2010 Academic All-Big 12 Cross Country second team on Tuesday to earn his third straight academic all-conference honor. Wacker is also a member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.

Over the last few years at Colorado, he has been involved with the CU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, serving as the community service chair and vice-president. Some of the events he has been a part of include: Read with the Buffs, Buffalo Hugs, Healthy Kids Day, Trick-or-Treat Street, the Holiday Angel Tree and organizing shoe and athletic equipment donation to charities.

The Pinehurst, N.C. native has had a breakout season this year. He placed second overall at the Rocky Mountain Shootout and followed that up with a 17th-place finish at the NCAA Pre-Nationals Meet. The Buffs will compete at the 2010 Big 12 Championship on Saturday, October 30, in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The women race at 10 a.m. (CT) and the men run at 11 a.m. (CT) at the OSU Cross Country Course. Wacker earned his first All-Big 12 honor last season with a 13th-place finish and will look to improve on that this season.

Each Big 12 institution has one student-athlete named to the Chick-Fil-A Community of Champions team in the fall, winter and spring seasons. Recipients are honored based on a grade point average of 3.00 or higher, being involved with at least one community service project within a student organization, on campus, or part of the athletic department as well as being able to demonstrate leadership and sportsmanship on and off the field.


Name                                    Class                              School                           Sport                                                  

Lindsey Johnson                 Sr.                                  Baylor                            Soccer

Andy Wacker                       Jr.                                   Colorado                       Men's Cross Country/Track & Field

Michael O'Connell              Sr.                                   Iowa State                     Football

Brad Thorson                       Sr.                                   Kansas                           Football

Sierra Cuda                           Jr.                                    Kansas State                 Rowing

Alysha Bonnick                   Sr.                                   Missouri                       Soccer

Blaine Hoppenrath              Sr.                                   Nebraska                       Women's Swimming

Danielle Robinson              Sr.                                   Oklahoma                     Women's Basketball

Elizabeth DeLozier             Jr.                                    Oklahoma State           Soccer

Betzy Jimenez                      Sr.                                   Texas                             Women's Track & Field   

Skylar Collins                      Jr.                                    Texas A&M                   Women's Basketball

Aleah Hayes                         So.                                   Texas Tech                   Volleyball