Nov. 7, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Two Navy seniors were recognized as the top standouts on the course and in the classroom as Brigid Byrne was named the Patriot League Women's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Chris Galvin took home the Patriot League Men's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year award on Wednesday.
Each runner also headlined their sport's respective Academic All-Patriot League Team. On the women's side, Byrne was joined by sophomore teammate Annie-Norah Beveridge, American junior Julia Sullivan, Army sophomore Lisa Junta, Bucknell senior Caroline Tolli, Holy Cross junior Emily Hughes and Lafayette junior Rose Willey.
The Men's Cross Country Academic All-Patriot League Team consisted of Galvin and sophomore teammate John Sweeney, American junior John Pope, Army juniors Ricardo Galindo and Kendall Ward, Colgate seniors Timothy Phelps and Christopher Wendt and Lehigh junior Tyler Mueller.
Byrne is named to the Women's Cross Country Academic All-Patriot League Team for the third time in as many seasons since the squad originated in 2010. Tolli and Willey are each on the squad for the second year in a row. Pope is the only repeat selection on the Men's Academic All-Patriot League Team, which consisted of one extra student-athlete due to a tie in the voting.
Byrne placed second at the Patriot League Women's Cross Country Championship on Oct. 27, earning first-team All-Patriot League honors while finishing behind only her teammate Beveridge as Navy won its second consecutive League title. She was either Navy's first or second finisher in all six races in which she competed this season, which included a second-place showing at the Salty Dog Invite on Sept. 15. She carries a 3.91 cumulative grade-point average as an English (Honors) major and Arabic minor at the Naval Academy, and has been named to both the Superintendent's and Commandant's Lists in all six of her semesters at the school. Byrne has earned a 4.0 GPA in four semesters, including the last three.
Galvin helped the Mids to a second-place showing at the Patriot League Men's Cross Country Championship by finishing eighth in the race, earning second-team All-Patriot League status in the process. He had a strong season that included top-10 finishes at the Harry Lang Invitational on Sept. 1 and Navy Invitational on Sept. 15. Galvin carries a 4.00 GPA as a Mechanical Engineering major, and has been named to the Superintendant's and Commandant's Lists in all six semesters at the Naval Academy.
Byrne claims Navy's second Women's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, joining Erica Ziel who won the honor in 2008. Galvin is Navy's third Men's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and first since Bill Prom in 2008. It is the first time since that 2008 campaign that a school has swept both awards.
The Women's Academic All-Patriot League Team consists of five student-athletes who earned All-Patriot League status, including the top three finishers in the race. Beveridge and Byrne held the top two places, while Junta was third and Tolli was seventh as each of the four earned first-team All-Patriot League honors. Willey was a second-team All-Patriot League pick with a ninth-place showing.
Each of the honorees has also excelled in the classroom. Sullivan maintains a 3.83 GPA while majoring in International Studies at American, Junta has a 4.074 mark as a Life Science/Pre-Med major at Army, Tolli carries a 4.00 GPA as an Education & Spanish major at Bucknell, Hughes has a 3.62 mark as a Sociology major at Holy Cross, Willey holds a 3.92 GPA while majoring in Mathematics at Lafayette and Beveridge carries a 3.51 cumulative mark as an International Relations major at Navy.
Five of the Men's Academic All-Patriot League honorees also earned All-Patriot League status for their performance at the League Championship. Sweeney and Mueller were sixth and seventh, respectively, to receive first-team honors, while Galvin, Galindo and Ward all took home second-team recognition.
Pope makes his second consecutive Academic All-Patriot League Team while carrying a 3.84 cumulative GPA as an International Studies major at American. The duo from Army excels in the classroom, with Galindo holding a 3.612 GPA as a Life Science/Pre-Med major and Ward maintains a 3.964 mark while majoring in Economics. Colgate's Phelps (3.86 GPA/Mathematics & Russian and Eurasian Studies major) and Wendt (3.88 GPA/History & German major) each stand out in their senior year, while Mueller has a 3.35 GPA as a Bioengineering major at Lehigh and Sweeney carries a 3.31 mark while majoring in Economics at Navy.
The Academic All-Patriot League Team was instituted in 2010 to honor additional student-athletes who excel in their sport and the classroom, and the size equals the sport's first-team All-Patriot League composition. 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 Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Brigid Byrne, Navy, Sr.
Patriot League Men's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Chris Galvin, Navy, Sr.
Women's Cross Country Academic All-Patriot League Team
Julia Sullivan, American, Jr.
Lisa Junta, Army, So.
Caroline Tolli, Bucknell, Sr.
Emily Hughes, Holy Cross, Jr.
Rose Willey, Lafayette, Jr.
Brigid Byrne, Navy, Sr.
Annie-Norah Beveridge, Navy, So.
Men's Cross Country Academic All-Patriot League Team*
John Pope, American, Jr.
Ricardo Galindo, Army, Jr.
Kendall Ward, Army, Jr.
Timothy Phelps, Colgate, Sr.
Christopher Wendt, Colgate, Sr.
Tyler Mueller, Lehigh, Jr.
Chris Galvin, Navy, Sr.
John Sweeney, Navy, So.
* - 8 student-athletes due to tie in voting