Colgate's Elise DeRoo repeats as Patriot League Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Colgate's Elise DeRoo

June 28, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Recent Colgate graduate Elise DeRoo added to her collection of awards as she was named the 2011-12 Patriot League Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, announced Thursday. It is the second consecutive year that DeRoo has won the League’s top honor. The voting was conducted by one sports information director from each school around the League who could not vote for their own student-athletes.

DeRoo, a two-time Patriot League cross country individual champion, followed up her 2009 and 2010 individual titles with a third-place finish at the 2011 League championship with a time of 22:08.50. She continued her success at the 2012 Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championship; DeRoo finished fourth in the women’s 10,000 with a time of 37:03.66, and fifth in the 5,000m in 17:22.74.

The Newton, Conn., native is a two-time Colgate Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and is also one of two Patriot League female student-athletes nominated for the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

She also impacted Colgate in both the classroom and community, and was one of seven women named to the Cross Country Academic All-Patriot League Team. DeRoo posted a 4.00 GPA during the fall semester, and graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.97. Utilizing her recently acquired degree in molecular biology, DeRoo plans to spend next year working in a vascular surgery lab at the University of Michigan before attending medical school.

DeRoo’s time away from the track included countless volunteer hours. In addition to participating in the Adopt a Classroom initiative, she also served as the historian of the Tribeta Biological Honor Society on campus for the last two years. One of her collegiate summers was spent volunteering in the endoscopy center at Danbury Hospital and at the Danbury Animal Shelter, both in Danbury, Conn.

DeRoo is Colgate’s second Female Scholar Athlete of the Year winner, and claims the fourth honor for the school. Jen Smith, a Colgate basketball student-athlete, also repeated as she captured the title following both the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons.

DeRoo is also only the fourth repeat winner of the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. Former two-time winners include American University’s Karla Kucerkova (volleyball) in 2002-03 and 2003-04 and Fordham’s Lauren Gubicza (cross country and track & field) in 1991-92 and 1992-93 in addition to Smith.

The winner of each sport's Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is put in the running toward 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. Others in contention for the Patriot League Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award were Bucknell junior Caroline Tolli (indoor and outdoor track & field), American sophomore Alexis Dobbs (basketball), Holy Cross senior Emily Marr (tennis), Bucknell sophomore Katelyn Miller (lacrosse), MIT senior Theresa Saxton-Fox (rowing), Lehigh senior Jen Colquhoun (softball), Navy junior Laura Gorinski (swimming & diving), American senior Rebecca Heath (volleyball), Lehigh senior Abby Tilton (field hockey), and American senior Jenna Stasiewicz (soccer). All class years are from the 2011-12 academic year.

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.