Feb. 28, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - After each earning All-Patriot League recognition at the Indoor Track and Field Championships over the weekend, Bucknell senior Emily Waksmunski and Army junior Christopher Kittle were honored for their success on the track and in the classroom as winners of the 2014 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards.
Waksmunski is one of three Bison on the Women's Academic All-Patriot League Team where she was joined by teammates Jennifer Zymet and Hana Casalnova. The squad also included American's Julia Sullivan, Boston University's Michelle Sumner and Monica Adler, Holy Cross' Sarah Dahlstrom and Michelle McGahan, Lafayette's Rachel Pena and Lehigh's Danielle Albergo and Victoria Mullane. The team includes 11 student-athletes due to a tie in the voting.
Kittle, who the heptathlon at last week's championships, also headlines the Men's Academic All-Patriot League Team which includes his teammate Christopher Smith, American's John Pope, Bucknell's Christian Lupica, Holy Cross' Sam McGrath and Lucas Keefer, Lehigh's Tyler Mueller and Simon Voorhees and Navy's Brett Bogaard and Matthew Deisher.
Waksmunski earned her second-team All-Patriot League honor last weekend by finishing in second place in both the 1,000-meter run (2:55.98) and as part of Bucknell's 4 X 800m relay (9:05.48). She also ran on the Bison's third-place distance medley relay (12:20.17) to help her team to a third-place finish in the championships. She is an ECAC qualifier in the 1,000-meter and 4 X 800.
Waksmunski excels in the classroom as well with a cumulative 3.94 grade-point average, and a 4.00 mark in her major of Civil Engineering. She was named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team in both indoor and outdoor track and field for the last two seasons, and also earned Capital One Academic All-District honors in 2013. She is a six-time selection to the Bucknell University Dean's List and three-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. She has a host of accomplishments within her major, including an article on the development of the GreenPaths Rating System in the Journal of Urban Planning and Development.
Waksmunski earns the 10th Patriot League Women's Indoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year award for Bucknell, and second in the last three years after Caroline Tolli won the honor in 2012.
Kittle came back from a first-day deficit of 157 points to win the heptathlon at the Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships. He finished in first place in the 60-meter hurdles and pole vault and second in the 1,000-meter run to be crowned champion with a career-high 4,959 points. He tied for the second-highest point total in Academy history. Kittle also won the heptathlon at the Crowell Open this season.
Kittle has made the Dean's List at West Point in each of his five semesters, and earned the Superintendent's Award for Achievement for being among the top 15 percent of cadets in each pillar (academically, military and physically). He will be attending French Commando School this summer. The junior from Ladysmith, Va. carries a 3.513 cumulative grade-point average as a Foreign Language (French) and Political Science major at West Point with a minor in Comparative Politics.
Kittle becomes Army's sixth Patriot League Men's Indoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year honoree, and first since Caleb Wells claimed the award the in 2006.
Waksmunski became the third female to make the Indoor Track and Field Academic All-Patriot League Team in all three of her seasons of eligibility, and has also made the Outdoor team the last two years. Zymet and Dahlstrom were also repeat selections to the Indoor Team while Sullivan previously made the list in 2012 and has five all-time Academic All-Patriot League honors between Cross Country and Track and Field.
Pope became the first male to make the Indoor Track and Field Academic All-Patriot League Team for a third time after also doing so in cross country in the fall. He has made all eight Academic All-Patriot League teams for which he has been eligible, also making it in Outdoor Track and Field the last two seasons. Bogaard was named for the second year in a row after also making the Outdoor list last season, while Mueller made it after being named to the Men's Cross Country Academic All-Patriot League Team the last two years.
Sullivan finished in the top 10 in three different events at the Patriot League Championships and holds a 3.81 cumulative GPA as an International Studies & Environmental Studies major at American. Boston University won the Women's Indoor Track and Field title in its first season as Sumner won the 5,000-meter run and Adler claimed the title in the mile. Sumner holds a 3.80 GPA as a Business Administration and Management & Economics major at BU, while Adler carries a 3.29 mark while majoring in Health Studies. Zymet and Casalnova each earned second-team All-Patriot League honors, and both excel in the classroom at Bucknell as the former holds a 3.61 GPA as an Education and Psychology major and the latter has a 3.60 mark while majoring in Biomedical Engineering. Dahlstrom has a 3.63 mark as an Economics major at Holy Cross and earned second-team All-Patriot League honors with a runner-up finish in the pentathlon, while McGahan has a 3.86 GPA as a Mathematics major and finished sixth in the pole vault at the League Championships. Pena, who carries a 3.33 GPA as an English major, has dominated the weight throw all season and hit a mark of 18.87 meters to win at the Patriot League Championships. Albergo won the 500-meter dash at the League Championships and has a 3.30 GPA as a Supply Chain Management major at Lehigh, while her teammate Mullane was part of the Mountain Hawks' winning 4 X 800m relay team and has a 3.66 GPA while majoring in Psychology.
On the men's side, Pope continues to excel in the classroom with a 3.89 GPA while working towards his Master's degree in International Communication at American after graduating in three years. Smith joined his teammate from West Point by winning the 500-meter dash and running on Army's first-place 4 X 400m relay team at last week's championships and carrying a 3.249 cumulative GPA as a Systems Engineering major and Terrorism Studies minor. Lupica set a Patriot League Indoor Championship record with his time of 7.82 while winning the 60-meter hurdles, and holds a 3.39 cumulative GPA as an Accounting and Financial Management major at Bucknell. McGrath holds a 3.62 GPA as a History major and Religon minor at Holy Cross and finished fourth in two events at the League Championships, while his teammate Keefer has a 3.76 GPA as an Economics major. Lehigh's Mueller has a 3.26 GPA as a Bioengineering major and Philosophy minor and has enjoyed an outstanding season that included wins in the 3,000 and 5,000-meter runs at the League Championships, while Voorhees joins his teammate and holds a 3.79 GPA as a Behavioral Neuroscience major. Bogaard has a 3.93 GPA while majoring in Quantitative Economics at Navy and placing in the top six in both the 200-meter and 400-meter at the League Championships, while Deisher carries a 3.67 GPA as an Ocean Engineering major and placed third in the pole vault at the League Championships.
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.
Women's Indoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete: Emily Waksmunski, Bucknell (Sr.)
Men's Indoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete: Christopher Kittle, Army (Jr.)
Women's Indoor Track and Field Academic All-Patriot League Team*
Julia Sullivan, American (Sr.)
Michelle Sumner, Boston University (So.)
Monica Adler, Boston University (Sr.)
Emily Waksmunski, Bucknell (Sr.)
Jennifer Zymet, Bucknell (Sr.)
Hana Casalnova, Bucknell (Sr.)
Sarah Dahlstrom, Holy Cross (Jr.)
Michelle McGahan, Holy Cross (Jr.)
Rachel Pena, Lafayette (Sr.)
Danielle Albergo, Lehigh (Sr.)
Victoria Mullane, Lehigh (Jr.)
*11 student-athletes due to tie in the voting
Men's Indoor Track and Field Academic All-Patriot League Team
John Pope, American (Sr.)
Christopher Kittle, Army (Jr.)
Christopher Smith, Army (Sr.)
Christian Lupica, Bucknell (Jr.)
Sam McGrath, Holy Cross (Sr.)
Lucas Keefer, Holy Cross (So.)
Tyler Mueller, Lehigh (Sr.)
Simon Voorhees, Lehigh (Jr.)
Brett Bogaard, Navy (Sr.)
Matthew Deisher, Navy (Jr.)