CoSIDA named Fort Hays State pole vaulter Ryan Stanley to its Academic All-District Men's Track and Field/Cross Country Team on Thursday (July 15). Stanley was one of just 11 individuals from District 7 (MIAA, NSIC, and GAC Conferences) to receive the honor. Sports Information and Athletic Communication professionals within District 7 vote on the Academic All-District Team, which honors a combination of academic and athletic accomplishments of the individuals selected.
Stanley, native of Bennington, Kansas, holds a 3.97 GPA as a Management major at FHSU. He is a three-time recipient of the USTFCCCA All-Academic Award and a three-time member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll. Holding a perfect 4.0 GPA over his first two years at FHSU, he twice received the MIAA Academic Excellence Award. He also earned MIAA Scholar-Athlete honors in 2021 for securing All-MIAA honors and holding at least a 3.5 GPA.
Stanley is one of the elite performers in NCAA Division II in track and field. He was the NCAA Division II National Champion during the 2021 outdoor season in the pole vault. He cleared a new school record 17 feet, 2.75 inches to tie for first place. He then cleared the height again to win a jump off for the national title against Trivett Jones of Angelo State (Texas). Stanley is now a four-time All-America performer produced two of the four this past academic year. He is a two-time All-America performer in the pole vault both indoor and outdoor. He is also a four-time USTFCCCA All-Region performer going back to 2019. Stanley set new FHSU records in the pole vault both outdoor and indoor (16 feet, 11.5 inches) in 2021.
As an All-District selection, Stanley will now be considered for Academic All-America honors to be voted on by Sports Information/Athletic Communication professionals nationwide in NCAA Division II.
Below is the 2021 CoSIDA Men's Track and Field/Cross Country Academic All-District Team in NCAA Division II for District 7.
Name, School, Yr., GPA, Major
Ben Allen, Concordia-St. Paul, Gr. 3.34/4.00, Coaching & Athletic Administration / Sport Comm.
David Ecker, University of Sioux Falls, Jr. 3.96, Biology
Garrett Francis, University of Central Missouri, Sr. 3.87, Agricultural Science
Chris Goodwin, University of Central Missouri, Jr. 3.78, Secondary Education
Matt Hipshire, Harding University, Sr. 4.00, Mechanical Engineering
Vincent Hobbie, University of Central Missouri, Jr. 3.52, International Business
Joshua Hudiburg, Pittsburg State University, Gr. 3.91/4.00, Health, Human Performance & Recreation
Jan Jansky, University of Central Missouri, Sr. 3.92, Business Administration
Tiegen Lindner, Augustana University, Sr. 4.00, Exercise Science
Ryan Stanley, Fort Hays State University, Jr. 3.97, Management
Levi Wyrick, Pittsburg State University, Gr. 4.00/4.00, Educational Leadership