Nov. 11, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – The Patriot League announced its annual academic awards for cross country as Army’s Kendall Ward was voted the men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Ward was joined by teammates Ricardo Galindo and Madison Hill as Patriot League Academic All-League honorees as well.
To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and the Academic All-Patriot League Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor.
Ward had an impressive senior campaign, earning All-Patriot League first-team recognition following a fourth-place finish at the conference meet on Nov. 2. The economics major with a 3.959 cumulative grade point average earned the Army men’s top individual finish at the Patriot League Championships since 2008. With one race remaining on the schedule, Ward has led Army in four of six meets in 2013.
In the classroom, the Highland Falls, N.Y., native has garnered the Superintendent’s Award following every academic year, which recognizes the top 5 percent in every class. Ward, who ranks in the top 3 percent among the Class of 2014, has received the Commandant’s Award for Physical Excellence, the Academic Star Award and has assisted at-risk freshman writers as a Teacher Assistant in Freshman Composition. He earned a spot on the Academic All-League team for the second consecutive season.
Ward is the fifth Black Knight runner to be voted men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and first since Paul Strozier in 2004. The Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for each individual sport comprises the pool of nominees for the Patriot League Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards given out over the summer. One male and one female are selected for this honor.
Joining Ward on the men’s Academic All-League squad is classmate Ricardo Galindo. Galindo led Army in a pair races this season, including a first-place finish in Army’s Star Meet win over Navy on Oct. 18. Galindo, who also earned All-Patriot League first-team recognition for placing sixth at the conference meet, boasts a 3.556 GPA as a life science major with aspirations of medical school. Galindo’s Academic All-League certificate is his second after earning the honor last season as well. The Farmington Hills, Mich., native is a member of the Phi Delta Epsilon Pre-Medical Fraternity and is the Company C3 Academic Officer.
Sophomore Madison Hill was Army’s lone representation on the women’s Academic All-League team. Hill, competing for the first time this season after missing her freshman year due to injury, shows a 3.843 GPA while majoring in French and Portuguese. Hill led Army in four of six races in 2013, including the Patriot League Championships where she earned second team all-league honors for finishing 12th overall. Academically, she has garnered the Distinguished Cadet Award for having a GPA higher than 3.67, the Superintendent Award for Achievement (top 15 percent), ranked first on the Order of Merit List at Military Individual Advanced Development, and won the APFT Award during summer training at Fort Buckner.
"Kendall exemplifies all of the excellence that our program hopes to demonstrate," said Army head coach Troy Engle. "He is a consummate cadet athlete who capped a four-year athletic career with a phenomenal senior season. The honor is truly fitting for a guy who has been a great team leader.
"Ricky has had a great collegiate run<" Engle continued. "To win back-to-back Army-Navy meets and be an All-Patriot League runner two years in a row, and now be Academic All-League two years in a row as well is a fantastic honor for a guy who will be a great doctor one day.
"As for Madison, the two guys awarded for us exemplify guys rounding out collegiate careers, whereas Madison is setting the stage for one heck of a run at West Point. She missed last season because of some injuries sustained out at Beast, but in her first season of running collegiately at West Point to have the athletic successes on top of proven academic ones is amazing. She’ll be a great leader for the team and the corps of cadets."
Army had three Academic All-League selections for the second consecutive year. In 2012, Galindo and Ward were joined by Lisa Junta. The Black Knights have had at least one Academic All-League honoree every season since the team’s inception in 2010.
Patriot League Men's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Kendall Ward, Army (Sr.)
Patriot League Women's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Jen Markham, Lehigh (So.)
Men's Cross Country Academic All-Patriot League*
John Pope, American (Sr.)
Thomas Woermer, American (Jr.)
Kendall Ward, Army (Sr.)
Ricardo Galindo, Army (Sr.)
Chris Noda, Colgate (So.)
Tyler Mueller, Lehigh (Sr.)
Evan Hardy, Lehigh (So.)
Sam Peckham, Navy (So.)
*Eight student-athletes due to tie in voting
Women's Cross Country Academic All-Patriot League Team
Julia Sullivan, American (Sr.)
Madison Hill, Army (So.)
Shelby Stableford, Boston University (So.)
Jen Markham, Lehigh (So.)
Rosie Roessel, Lehigh (Gr.)
Keira Harrison, Loyola Maryland (Gr.)
Annie-Norah Beveridge, Navy (Jr.)