Killian makes history

Graduate Conner Killian keeps running away with awards.

On Wednesday Killian became the first Louisiana Tech student-athlete to ever earn a spot on the Conference USA All-Academic team for their respective sport five times.

Killian earned a spot on the 6-person 2021 Men’s Cross Country All-Academic Team for the fifth time in his collegiate career. He was joined on the team by Charlotte’s Avery Cannon, North Texas’ Caleb Bouchard and Jack Beaumont, and Rice’s Andrew Abikhaled and Hociel Landa.

The Metairie native earned Conference USA Cross Country All-Academic honors in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and now 2021 for his performance in the classroom, the community and on the track.

Killian boasts a 4.0 grade point average in graduate school while pursuing his MBA and a 3.94 grade point average in undergrad while he earned his forestry degree with a minor in accounting. He graduated Summa Cum Laude.

In addition to his work in the classroom, Killian served as the president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for multiple terms. He has also been named a C-USA Academic Medalist five times and a C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll five times.

Killian was named the C-USA Spirit of Service Award winner in 2018. He also won the Jimmy Collins Special Award presented by the All-State Sugar Bowl in the fall of 2019 for his community service work done following the April 25 tornado that hit Ruston and LA Tech.

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