May 12, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Graduate students Allison Barwise (Boston University) and John Pope (American) were honored for their success in competition and the classroom as winners of the 2014 Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards on Monday.
Barwise is one of three Terriers on the Women's Academic All-Patriot League Team where she was joined by fellow graduate student Nikko Brady and sophomore Michelle Sumner. Seven other schools had one representative on the team which included American senior Julia Sullivan, Army sophomore Lindsay Gabow, Bucknell senior Emily Waksmunski, Holy Cross junior Sarah Dahlstrom, Lafayette senior Rachel Pena, Loyola Univeristy Maryland senior Marissa Buccellato and Navy junior Emily Jensen.
Pope ends his career at American by making all nine of his potential Academic All-Patriot League Teams, as he was honored three times in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field. He is joined on the Academic All-Patriot League squad by Army junior Christopher Kittle and senior Kendall Ward, Boston University sophomore David Lagerberg, Bucknell junior Christian Lupica, Lafayette junior Juannell Riley, Lehigh junior Benjamin Beauchamp and senior Ryan Knouse and Navy senior Brett Bogaard and junior Thomas Buffone.
The Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Academic All-Patriot League Teams honor student-athletes who excel in their sport and the classroom. The awards are voted on by Patriot League outdoor track and field sports information directors, who could not select their own student-athletes.
Barwise earns the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award following an outstanding season and a record-setting effort at the Patriot League Championship where she was named Female Field Athlete of the Meet and helped the Terriers to the team title. Barwise set the Patriot League Women's Outdoor Championship record in the high jump (1.89 meters) and heptathlon (5,628), and ranks among the top 10 competitors nationally in both events. Barwise also finished second at the League Championship in the javelin (44.38 meters), setting school records in all three categories. In addition to leading the Patriot League in the high jump and heptathlon this season, Barwise also stands in the top three in the long jump, javelin and 100-meter hurdles.
Barwise is pursuing a master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology, and maintains a cumulative grade-point average of 3.85. She is the first Scholar-Athlete of the Year from Boston University in cross country or track and field.
Pope concludes his career at American as one of the most decorated student-athletes in League history for academic accomplishments. He is a three-time Academic All-Patriot League recipient in Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, and is the only male to achieve that distinction in any of the three sports. Pope achieved the Academic All-Patriot League honor in all nine of the seasons in which he was eligible.
Pope had a strong showing at the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships where he placed second in the 10,000-meter run in a time of 31:35.38. He had previously won the 5,000-meter at the Maryland Invitational and placed second in the event at the Navy Invitational in the outdoor season.
Pope graduated in three years with a degree in International Studies, and is currently completing his Master's in International Communication at American while carrying a cumulative GPA of 3.89. He was a Capital One Academic All-District selection last season, and was previously named the Patriot League Male Sportsmanship Award winner for 2011-12.
Pope is American's second Patriot League Men's Outdoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year honoree, and first since American's Matt Seymour in 2004.
A handful of honorees joined Pope as a multiple-time selection to the Academic All-Patriot League Teams. On the women's side, Waksmunski makes the list for a sixth time by qualifying in all of her eligible seasons in both Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field. Sullivan also finishes with six Academic All-Patriot League nods between cross country and track and field, and made all three lists this season. Sumner, Dahlstrom and Pena joined the pair by making both the Indoor and Outdoor teams this season. On the men's side, Bogaard earns his fourth overall Academic All-Patriot League nod after making the Indoor and Outdoor teams in each of the last two years. Beauchamp and Buffone made the outdoor team for the second year in a row, while Kittle and Lupica were named to both the indoor and outdoor teams this season and Ward previously made the cross country list each of the last two seasons.
Sullivan placed in the top 10 in two events at the Patriot League Championship and holds a 3.81 cumulative GPA as an International Studies & Environmental Studies major at American. Gabow maintains a 3.769 cumulative GPA while majoring in International History at Army and placed third in the 5,000-meter run at the League Championship. Brady won the long jump and 100-meter hurdles with record marks at the Patriot League Outdoor Championship, and holds a 3.82 GPA as a City, Community and Regional Planning major. Sumner carries a 3.80 mark as a Business Administration & Economics major at BU and finished third in the 10,000-meter run at the League Championship. Waksmunski has a 3.94 GPA as a Civil Engineering major at Bucknell, and previously won the Indoor Track Scholar-Athlete of the Year award this season. Dahlstrom maintains a 3.63 GPA as an Economics major at Holy Cross and finished fifth in the heptathlon at the League Championship, while Pena won the hammer multiple times this season and has a 3.34 GPA as an English major at Lafayette. Loyola's Buccellato has a 3.928 GPA as Biology major, and Navy's Jensen carries a 3.97 mark as a Mechanical Engineering major.
Kittle and Ward each make the Men's Outdoor Academic All-Patriot League Team after winning Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors this season, with the former in Indoor Track and Field and the latter in Cross Country. Kittle won the decathlon at both the Indoor and Outdoor Championship and holds a 3.513 cumulative GPA as a French major, while Ward has a 3.961 GPA as an Economics major at West Point and placed fifth in the 5,000-meter run at the Outdoor Championship. Lagerberg carries a 3.28 GPA as an Economics major at BU and won the 400-meter dash at the League Championship, while Lupica was named Patriot League Male Track Athlete of the Meet after sweeping the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles at the championship and holds a 3.39 GPA as an Accounting and Financial Management major at Bucknell. Riley holds a 3.76 GPA as a Government & Law and Philosophy major at Lafayette and placed seventh in the hammer at the League Championship. For Lehigh, Beauchamp finished second at the League Championship in the discus and holds a 3.74 GPA as an Electrical Engineering major and Knouse holds a 3.94 GPA as a Finance major and placed fifth in the 10,000-meter run at the championship. Navy's Bogaard holds a 3.95 GPA as a Quantitative Economics major and ran on a pair of runner-up relay teams at the League Championship, while Buffone carries a 4.00 GPA as a Physics major and placed second in the hammer throw at the championship.
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 Outdoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete: Allison Barwise, Boston University (Gr.)
Men's Outdoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete: John Pope, American (Gr.)
Women's Outdoor Track and Field Academic All-Patriot League Team
Julia Sullivan, American (Sr.)
Lindsay Gabow, Army (So.)
Allison Barwise, Boston University (Gr.)
Nikko Brady, Boston University (Gr.)
Michelle Sumner, Boston University (So.)
Emily Waksmunski, Bucknell (Sr.)
Sarah Dahlstrom, Holy Cross (Jr.)
Rachel Pena, Lafayette (Sr.)
Marissa Buccellato, Loyola (Sr.)
Emily Jensen, Navy (Jr.)
Men's Outdoor Track and Field Academic All-Patriot League Team
John Pope, American (Gr.)
Christopher Kittle, Army (Jr.)
Kendall Ward, Army (Sr.)
David Lagerberg, Boston University (So.)
Christian Lupica, Bucknell (Jr.)
Juannell Riley, Lafayette (Jr.)
Benjamin Beauchamp, Lehigh (Jr.)
Ryan Knouse, Lehigh (Sr.)
Brett Bogaard, Navy (Sr.)
Thomas Buffone, Navy (Jr.)