Navy's Rome wins second consecutive Male Indoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete Award

Navy senior Cody Rome

Feb. 28, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Navy senior Cody Rome was voted the Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row and earned one of the 10 spots on the Men's Indoor Track and Field Academic All-Patriot League Team, announced Tuesday. The awards were voted on by indoor track and field sports information directors in the Patriot League.

The Academic All-Patriot League Team was added for all sports beginning in the 2010-11 season to honor additional student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. The Men's Indoor Track and Field Academic All-Patriot League Team is comprised of 10 student-athletes.

Joining Rome on the Academic All-League Team are American sophomore John Pope; Army senior Thomas Wagner; Bucknell seniors Robert Arent, Jordan Donaldson and Andrew Powell; Bucknell junior Daniel Markwalter; Lafayette senior Michael Thompson; Lehigh senior Kyle Forrest; and Navy senior Cody Rome.

Rome, who won Patriot League titles in the 3,000 and 5,000 at the 2012 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championship at Bucknell on Feb. 17-19, has a 3.55 GPA in applied mathematics. Rome was last year's Indoor Scholar-Athlete and he'll have a chance to add a third honor when the 2012 outdoor season concludes. Also at that time, he will graduate and move on to his service selection, submarines. The Eagle, Idaho, native was a 2011 CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team member. This is his third selection to the Academic All-League Team.

At the Patriot League Championships, Rome helped the Mids place second, finishing the 3,000 in 8:17.13 and the 5,000 in 14:14.43.

Arent, Powell and Wagner also won titles at the indoor meet. Arent took the top spot in the 400 (49.39), Powell won the heptathlon (5,143 points) and Wagner won the high jump (6-10¼).

Wagner leads the pack of champions with a 3.549 GPA in physics. Arent has a 3.45 in chemistry and Powell has a 3.44 in accounting. Their Bison teammates, Markwalter (3.91, biomedical engineering) and Donaldson (3.77, accounting), boast two of the top four GPAs on the Academic All-League Team.

Thompson earned the highest GPA with a 3.92 in civil engineering, and Pope was nearby with a 3.81 in international studies.

Forrest (3.60, accounting) and Pearson (3.50, English) round out the All-League squad.

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.

Men's Indoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Cody Rome, Navy, Sr., 3.55 GPA, Applied Mathematics

Men's Indoor Track & Field Academic All-Patriot League Team
John Pope, American, So., 3.81 GPA, International Studies
Thomas Wagner, Army, Sr., 3.549 GPA, Physics
Robert Arent, Bucknell, Sr., 3.45 GPA, Chemistry
Jordan Donaldson, Bucknell, Sr., 3.77 GPA, Accounting
Andrew Powell, Bucknell, Sr., 3.44 GPA, Accounting
Daniel Markwalter, Bucknell, Jr., 3.91 GPA, Biomedical Engineering
Michael Thompson, Lafayette, Sr., 3.92 GPA, Civil Engineering
Kyle Forrest, Lehigh, Sr., 3.60 GPA, Accounting
James Pearson, Navy, Sr., 3.50 GPA, English
Cody Rome, Navy, Sr., 3.55 GPA, Applied Mathematics