Feb. 26, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - After outstanding performances at the Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships, Navy senior Christopher Galvin and Army sophomore Lisa Junta have been honored for their success on the track and in the classroom as they were selected as the male and female recipients of the 2013 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete awards.
Galvin, who also won the Scholar-Athlete award in cross country, headlines an 11-man Academic All-Patriot League Team that also includes his junior teammates Jeremy Cadiente and Bret Bogaard, American junior John Pope, Army junior Ricardo Galindo, Bucknell seniors Leonard Joseph and Luke Webster, Colgate seniors Chris Johnson and Timothy Phelps, Lafayette senior Nicholas Orzol and Lehigh junior Paul Ciavardelli. There is one additional student-athlete on the team due to a tie in the voting.
Junta claims the Scholar-Athlete award as a sophomore, and is one of six sophomores and juniors to make the Women's Academic All-Patriot League Team. She was joined by four student-athletes from Patriot League champion Bucknell, with seniors Caroline Tolli and Olivia Massey and juniors Emily Waksmunski and Jennifer Zymet all representing the Bison. Holy Cross sophomore Sarah Dahlstrom, Lafayette junior Elise Buffinton, Lehigh senior Lauren Pietrosh and Navy sophomore Annie-Norah Beveridge and senior Brigid Byrne filled out the squad.
Galvin claims his second Scholar-Athlete of the Year award in 2012-13 after winning the honor in cross country in the fall. He is the first student-athlete to pull off the cross country/indoor track and field consecutive double since Army's Paul Strozier in 2004-05, though Lehigh's Evans Kosgei won the honor in both cross country and outdoor track and field last season. Galvin is the fifth-straight winner from Navy after Mark Van Orden in 2009 and 2010 and Cody Rome in 2011 and 2012.
Galvin placed third in the 3,000-meter run and fourth in the 5,000-meter at the Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships to earn valuable points to help Navy to its second title in three seasons. He has been under the IC4A-qualifying time in all six of his races this season, doing it four times in the 3,000m and twice in the 5,000m.
Galvin carries a 4.00 cumulative grade-point average as a Mechanical Engineering major at Navy. He has been named to the Superintendent's List and the Commandant's List in all seven of his semesters at the Academy, and is ranked first in Overall Order of Merit among 1,080 members of the Class of 2013. He is also ranked No. 1 in both Academic Order of Merit and Military Order of Merit. Galvin's additional accolades include serving as the secretary of Tau Beta Pi, an Engineering Honor Society, membership in the American Nuclear Society Club and distinction as a Trident Scholar.
Junta holds a 4.12 cumulative grade-point average, or a 3.92 mark on a 4.00 scale, as a Life Science/Pre-Med major at West Point. She had an outstanding performance at the Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships by winning both the 3,000 and 5,000-meter races to receive the Track Athlete of the Meet honor. She holds the top times in the conference this year in both events as well as the mile, which she did not run in the championships. Her 3,000-meter time broke a 27-year old school record while Junta set the second-fastest time at the Academy in the 5,000-meter run.
Junta has earned a number of academic accolades in her short time at West Point, including three stints on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in as many semesters and a spot on this year's Academic All-League Team in cross country. She is on the Dean's List and received the Top Mathlete Award in MA153, given to the cadet with the highest grade. Junta also received the COL Johnston Beach Award for achieving the highest cumulative grade-point average in General Psychology for Leaders. She is CRLA Tutor Certified, has conducted research on the side effects of a RNA-based drug developed by CMU to treat Heterotopic Ossification and is also certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
Junta is Army's first Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipient since Lauren Rowe in 2003, and third in West Point history.
Galvin, Pope, Galindo and Phelps each made the Men's Indoor Track and Field Academic All-Patriot League Team after also making the squad in cross country, while Junta, Tolli, Byrne and Beveridge did the same on the women's side.
A handful of student-athletes continued outstanding runs of making the Academic All-Patriot League Team in either cross country, indoor track and field or outdoor track and field, particularly on the women's side. Byrne, the 2012 Patriot League Women's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year, has made all eight teams for which she has been eligible since the honors started in the 2010-11 season. Tolli, the 2012 Patriot League Women's Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year, has qualified for five straight teams and six of the eight in which she was eligible. In addition, Waksmunski and Pietrosh make the squad after making both the Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Academic All-Patriot League teams last season. On the men's side, Pope has made all five teams for which he has been eligible since the start of the 2011-12 campaign, while Johnson makes a third Academic All-Patriot League squad and Orzol and Webster are each honored for a second time.
All of the student-athletes honored have excelled in their events this season. For the women, Junta was a first-team pick along with Zymet, Tolli and Massey for League champion Bucknell, Lauren Pietrosh for Lehigh and Elise Buffinton for Lafayette. Waksmunski, Beveridge and Byrne were on the second team with Tolli also appearing on that list. On the men's side, Webster and Johnson each earned first-team All-Patriot League recognition while Cadiente, Joseph and Galindo were second-team picks.
Bucknell's quartet of female picks has performed in the classroom in addition to their events, with Tolli carrying a 4.00 GPA as an Education/Spanish major, Waksmunski at 3.93 while majoring in Civil Engineering, Zymet holding a 3.45 as an Education/Psychology major and Massey with a 3.60 while majoring in Psychology. Dahlstrom has a 3.54 GPA as an Economics major at Holy Cross, Buffinton carries a 3.39 mark while majoring in Engineering at Lafayette and Pietrosh has a 3.90 GPA as a Marketing major at Lehigh. Navy's Byrne has a 3.87 mark as an English (Honors) major while Beveridge carries a 3.53 GPA as an International Relations major.
On the men's side, Pope has a 3.85 GPA as an International Studies major at American and Galindo carries a 3.58 mark while majoring in Life Science/Pre-Med at Army. Bucknell's Webster has a 3.70 GPA as Chemical Engineering major and Joseph a 3.49 mark while majoring in Psychology. Colgate's Johnson carries a 3.43 GPA as a History & Economics major with Phelps holding a 3.75 mark as a Mathematics & Russian and Eurasian Studies major. Orzol has a 3.94 GPA as an Electrical and Computer Engineering major at Lafayette, while Ciavardelli holds a 3.57 mark while majoring in Accounting at Lehigh. For Navy, Cadiente has a 3.74 GPA as a Physics major and Bogaard carries a 3.92 mark while majoring in Quantitative Economics to join Galvin on the squad.
The Academic All-Patriot League Team honors student-athletes who excel in their sport and the classroom. Sports information directors, who are not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes, select the academic award winners.
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.
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.
Patriot League Women's Indoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete: Lisa Junta, Army, So.
Patriot League Men's Indoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete: Christopher Galvin, Navy, Sr.
Women's Indoor Track and Field Academic All-Patriot League Team
Lisa Junta, Army, So.
Olivia Massey, Bucknell, Sr.
Caroline Tolli, Bucknell, Sr.
Emily Waksmunski, Bucknell, Jr.
Jennifer Zymet, Bucknell, Jr.
Sarah Dahlstrom, Holy Cross, So.
Elise Buffinton, Lafayette, Jr.
Lauren Pietrosh, Lehigh, Sr.
Annie-Norah Beveridge, Navy, So.
Brigid Byrne, Navy, Sr.
Men's Indoor Track and Field Academic All-Patriot League Team*
John Pope, American, Jr.
Ricardo Galindo, Army, Jr.
Leonard Joseph, Bucknell, Sr.
Luke Webster, Bucknell, Sr.
Chris Johnson, Colgate, Sr.
Timothy Phelps, Colgate, Sr.
Nicholas Orzol, Lafayette, Sr.
Paul Ciavardelli, Lehigh, Jr.
Brett Bogaard, Navy, Jr.
Jeremy Cadiente, Navy, Jr.
Christopher Galvin, Navy, Sr.
* - 11 student-athletes due to tie in voting