July 9, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Boston University's Allison Barwise was named the 2013-14 Patriot League Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Wednesday after an outstanding outdoor track and field season coupled with success in the classroom for the graduate student.
Barwise was selected as the winner in a vote of sports information directors from all 10 Patriot League full member schools. Each school had one vote and could not select its own student-athletes. Barwise edged Navy senior Elizabeth Hoerner (Women's Soccer), American senior Alexis Dobbs (Women's Basketball) and Bucknell senior Katelyn Miller (Women's Lacrosse) in the voting to become the fourth straight recipient of the Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor to compete in either track and field or cross country.
Barwise earned the Patriot League Women's Outdoor Track and Field 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 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 for the season, Barwise also stood in the top three in the long jump, javelin and 100-meter hurdles. She recently graduated with a master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology, and maintained a cumulative grade-point average of 3.85. Barwise was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team.
Barwise continued her successful year into the postseason where she finished sixth in the high jump with a mark of 1.83 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on June 14. Barwise earned a First-Team All-America selection thanks to her top-eight finish, becoming just the second Patriot League female with that distinction in the outdoor season and first since 1993. She was also named the Northeast Region Field Athlete of the Year by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Barwise becomes the eighth overall selection from cross country or track and field, more honorees than any other sport for the Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor.
The winner of each sport's Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is put in the running towards the Patriot League Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors, with the League's sports information directors selecting one male and one female for the award. In addition to Hoerner, Dobbs and Miller, others in contention for the Patriot League Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award were Bucknell seniors Rachel Misko (Field Hockey) and Emily Waksmunski (Indoor Track and Field), junior Cydnee Sanders (Softball) and sophomore Maria Cioffi (Tennis), American junior Monika Smidova (Volleyball), Boston University sophomore Emily Tillo (Golf), Lehigh sophomore Jen Markham (Cross Country), MIT senior Erin Meyer (Rowing) and Navy sophomore Ellen Bradford (Swimming and Diving). All class years are from the 2013-14 season.
To be eligible for the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, 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 are not eligible for this honor.