May 13, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Navy senior Chris Galvin became the fourth Patriot League men's cross country/track and field student-athlete to claim three Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards in the same academic year when he won the honor for the Men's Outdoor Track and Field season on Monday.
By pulling off the sweep of the cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field scholar-athlete of the year awards in the same season, Galvin joins select company that includes Colgate's Ray Appenheimer (1992-93 and 1993-94), Bucknell's Chris Priestaf (1994-95) and Army's Paul Strozier (2004-05).
Galvin also headlines the 10-man Men's Outdoor Track and Field Academic All-Patriot League Team which also includes teammates junior Brett Bogaard and sophomore Tom Buffone, American junior John Pope, Army senior Sean Geary, Bucknell seniors Leonard Joseph and Luke Webster, Colgate senior Chris Johnson, Lafayette senior Nicholas Orzol and Lehigh junior Benjamin Beauchamp.
Galvin continued his outstanding 2012-13 season with a strong showing at the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 3-4. He won the 10,000-meter run in a time of 29:57.26, finishing 45 seconds in front of the second-place finisher and breaking the Patriot League Outdoor Championship meet record. He also placed fourth in the 5,000-meter run at the Outdoor Championship with a time of 14:32.46. Galvin bettered his 10,000-meter time over the weekend when he clocked a 29:34.31 at the Virginia Challenge to rank 26th in the NCAA East Region this season.
Galvin carries a 4.00 cumulative grade-point average as a Mechanical Engineering major at Navy. He recently received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, becoming one of only four Patriot Leaguers to receive the award this season. Galvin 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.
Galvin is the first Navy student-athlete to win the Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year award in the outdoor season since Mark Van Orden claimed the honor in 2010.
Galvin and Pope each made an Academic All-Patriot League Team three times this year after previously being honored in both cross country and indoor track and field. Joseph, Webster, Johnson, Orzol and Bogaard made the list after also making the Indoor Track and Field Academic All-Patriot League Team.
Pope has now made all six Academic All-Patriot League teams for which he has been eligible since the start of the 2011-12 campaign, while Johnson makes a fourth Academic All-Patriot League squad and Orzol and Webster are each honored for a third time.
The honorees were all standouts in their events this season, particularly at the Patriot League Outdoor Championships. Joseph won the hammer throw and was named Men's Field Athlete of the Meet, while Johnson finished second to Galvin in the 10,000-meter run to earn second-team All-Patriot League honors. Bogaard was part of Navy's 4 X 100-meter relay team which took first place.
Pope has a 3.85 GPA as an International Studies major at American and Geary carries a 3.218 mark while majoring in Systems Engineering 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. Orzol has a 3.94 GPA as an Electrical and Computer Engineering major at Lafayette, while Beauchamp holds a 3.88 mark while majoring in Electrical Engineering at Lehigh. For Navy, Bogaard carries a 3.92 mark while majoring in Quantitative Economics and Buffone has a 4.00 as a Physics major 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 Men's Outdoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete: Chris Galvin, Navy, Sr.
Men's Outdoor Track and Field Academic All-Patriot League Team
John Pope, American, Jr.
Scott Geary, Army, Sr.
Leonard Joseph, Bucknell, Sr.
Luke Webster, Bucknell, Sr.
Chris Johnson, Colgate, Sr.
Nicholas Orzol, Lafayette, Sr.
Benjamin Beauchamp, Lehigh, Jr.
Brett Bogaard, Navy, Jr.
Tom Buffone, Navy, So.
Christopher Galvin, Navy, Sr.