Patriot League Women's Outdoor Track and Field Academic Honors Announced

Navy's Brigid Byrne

May 13, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Navy senior Brigid Byrne won her second Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year award of the season as she claimed the honor for women's outdoor track and field on Monday.

Byrne also headlines the Women's Outdoor Track and Field Academic All-Patriot League Team, which also includes her sophomore teammate Annie-Norah Beveridge, American junior Julia Sullivan, Bucknell senior Caroline Tolli and juniors Emily Waksmunski and Jennifer Zymet, Holy Cross junior Amanda Waldron, Lafayette junior Rose Willey and Lehigh senior Lauren Pietrosh and junior Jimil Ataman.

Byrne claims her second Scholar-Athlete of the Year award of the season after also winning the honor in cross country. She also is named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team for the ninth time, making it in every instance she was eligible over the last three seasons.

Byrne put on a show at the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 3-4. She blew away the competition each day to win both the 10,000-meter (35:40.28) and 5,000-meter (17:16.67) runs by a good distance over the field. She broke Navy's school record with a 10,000-meter time of 34:51.23 earlier in the season, and put up the second-best 5K time in school history at 16:54.22 when she won at the Army-Navy meet. Byrne won all three of her 5K races during the outdoor season.

Byrne maintains a 3.87 cumulative grade-point average as an English (Honors) major and Arabic minor at Navy. She made the 2011-12 Capital One Academic All-America Third-Team for women's cross country/track and field after also receiving Academic All-District status from the organization. Byrne has been named to the Superintendent's List and Commandant's List in all seven of her semesters at Navy, and ranks 32nd in a class of 1,080 members in Overall Order of Merit and 13th in Military Order of Merit. Byrne has done community service outreach with her teams, and will be a surface warfare officer in the service.

Byrne earns Navy's fifth Patriot League Women's Outdoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, and first since a four-year run from 2006-09.

Tolli and Beveridge join Byrne by making the Academic All-Patriot League Team three times this season, in cross country as well as indoor and outdoor track and field. Waksmunski, Zymet and Pietrosh also joined the trio on the Indoor Track and Field Academic All-Patriot League Team.

Tolli comes in just behind Byrne by finishing her career with seven total selections to one of the three Academic All-Patriot League Teams, including all six in the past two seasons. Waksmunski and Pietrosh made both the indoor and outdoor squads in each of the last two seasons.

In addition to Byrne, honorees who were individual winners at the Patriot League Championships included Zymet (400-meter, 4 X 100-meter relay), Tolli (4 X 800-meter relay), Waksmunski (4 X 800-meter relay), Willey (3,000-meter steeplechase) and Ataman (hammer throw). Finishing in second place in events at the League Championships to earn second-team All-Patriot League honors were Tolli (800-meter, 1,500-meter), Beveridge (10,000-meter) and Waldron (5,000-meter).

Each of the honorees excels in the classroom. American's Sullivan has a 3.81 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in International Studies & Environmental Studies. For Bucknell, Tolli carries a 4.00 GPA as an Education/Spanish major, Waksmunski is at 3.93 while majoring in Civil Engineering and Zymet maintains a 3.45 mark as an Education major. Waldron holds a 3.64 GPA as a Biology major at Holy Cross, while Willey maintains a 3.88 mark while majoring in Mathematics/Economics at Lafayette. Lehigh's Pietrosh has a 3.90 GPA as a Marketing major and Ataman holds a 3.55 mark while majoring in History. Beveridge carries a 3.53 GPA as an International Relations major at Navy.

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 Outdoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete: Brigid Byrne, Navy, Sr.

Women's Outdoor Track and Field Academic All-Patriot League Team
Julia Sullivan, American, Jr.
Caroline Tolli, Bucknell, Sr.
Emily Waksmunski, Bucknell, Jr.
Jennifer Zymet, Bucknell, Jr.
Amanda Waldron, Holy Cross, Jr.
Rose Willey, Lafayette, Jr.
Jimil Ataman, Lehigh, Jr.
Lauren Pietrosh, Lehigh, Sr.
Annie-Norah Beveridge, Navy, So.
Brigid Byrne, Navy, Sr.