Nov. 5, 2009
Center Valley, Pa. — American senior Greta Wicklund was voted the Patriot League Women's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year, announced Thursday. The Scholar-Athlete of the Year is voted on by cross country sports information directors in the Patriot League.
Wicklund is the third American runner and first since 2005 to win the prestigious award.
An international relations major with a double minor in Spanish and education, Wicklund has posted a 3.96 GPA, while being named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll six times.
She was named to the 2009 All-Patriot League First-Team after finishing seventh at the League Championships with a time of 23:16.7. She ran a season-best time of 19:33.58 (5k) at the University of Delaware Blue & Gold Invite.
Wicklund joins Jen Baclawski and Keira Carlstrom as American runners to have been named Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Baclawski won in 2002 and Carlstrom won three times from 2003-05.
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.
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.