Reuben Mwei of Adams State Named as Scholar-Athlete of the Year in Division II Cross Country

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

February 25, 2010   

NEW ORLEANS – Reuben Mwei of Adams State has been named as Division II’s male cross country Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the 2009 season as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Thursday. Mwei is also among 152 given All-Academic status for the previous cross country season for their efforts in the classroom and on nation’s cross country courses.

2008 Honorees | Award History

Mwei, a senior from Kapsabet, Kenya, has a 3.40 cumulative GPA in the field of Psychology through the 2009 fall semester. Mwei is the second Scholar-Athlete honoree in-a-row for Adams State as Aaron Braun won the award in 2008.

In the fall, Mwei was named as the USTFCCCA’s National Athlete of the Year after capturing the individual NCAA crown in cross country. Mwei clocked 30:27.8 over 10 kilomaters at the national championships in Evansville, Ind., winning by only four tenths of a second over Harding’s Daniel Kirwa to become the first individual from Adams State to win the national cross country title since 2003.

Mwei also finished first at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships (RMAC) this fall and finished third at the NCAA Central Regional Championship. Mwei, also the USTFCCCA Central Region Male Athlete of the Year finished the Central Region course with a time of 30:57.3, helping lead the Grizzlies to their second-straight regional title.

Mwei is joined by fellow Grizzlies Aaron Braun, Brandon Birdsong, Luke Cragg, and Anthony Gauthier as All-Academic honorees. Adams State also captured its second-consecutive national team title in November.

To qualify for All-Academic honors, a student-athlete must have completed at least 12 semester/quarter hours through the semester of competition at the institution to be eligible.  The student-athlete must have at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average and have placed in the top 30% of the total number of athletes eligible to compete at the respective regional championships or have placed in the top 50% of the field at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships.

The 152 USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees represent 78 schools around the country. The list includes nine who were reported to have 4.0 GPAs at the end of the 2009 fall semester: Matt Braithwaite of Augustana (S.D.), Chris Lantinen of Edinboro, Matt Rutt of Indiana (Pa.), Jacob Stucky of Lenoir-Rhyne, Jesse Baggenstos of Northwest Nazarene, Simon Stuetzel of Queens (N.C.), Jordan Kirwen of Findlay, Micah Chelimo of Alaska, and Kevin Clancy of UNC Pembroke.

The list also includes four who finished in the nation’s top 10 at the NCAA Cross Country Championships and one regional champion.

Western State and Edinboro led the country by placing six on the All-Academic list. Adams State followed with five. The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) again had the most conference student-athletes on the USTFCCCA Cross Country All-Academic list with 27, followed by the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) who placed 18.

The female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in Division II, along with additional individuals given All-Academic status, will be released tomorrow, Friday, February 26. Those institutions given All-Academic Team status will be named on Wednesday, March 3 (men) and Thursday, March 4 (women).

USTFCCCA 2009 Division II Cross Country All-Academic Honorees, MEN

* Reported having a 4.0 cumulative GPA
^ Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Brandon Birdsong Exer Science & Sport Admin Adams State College
Aaron Braun Human Perf & Exercise Science Adams State College
Luke Cragg Human Perf & Sport Admin Adams State College
Anthony Gauthier Business Admin Adams State College
Reuben Mwei^ Psychology Adams State College
Adam Clark Psychology Adelphi University
Thomas Clark Undecided Adelphi University
Ryan Pezzulo English Adelphi University
Josh Ferguson Computing Alderson-Broaddus College
Matt Braithwaite* Biology Augustana College (South Dakota)
Austin Vande Berg Biology Augustana College (South Dakota)
Nate Dotterweich Psychology Bellarmine University
Jordan Parayil Psychology Bellarmine University
Steven Bergantino CIS Bentley University
Sean Reagan Accounting Bentley University
Curtis Trueb Finance Bentley University
Andrew Watson Finance Bentley University
Brent Balmer Engineering Science Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Ryan Evans Mathematics Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
David Moyer Engineering Science Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Mathew Prentice Biology California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Joey Nunes Communications California State University, Stanislaus
Dawson Vorderbruegge English California State University, Stanislaus
Eric Reger Secondary Education California University of Pennsylvania
Tony Russo Sports Management California University of Pennsylvania
Christopher Werner Meteorology California University of Pennsylvania
Jonathan Madden Religion Carson-Newman College
Max Group History Christian Brothers University
Alex Shipp Business Admin. Christian Brothers University
Nate Spears Mechanical Engineering Christian Brothers University
Stephen Bowers Biology Clayton State University
Tyler Gantz Chemistry College of Saint Rose
Aaron Swift Mechanical Engineering Colorado School of Mines
Stewart Helton Biology/PreDental Columbus State University
Andrew Henderson Biology Columbus State University
David Marley Exercise Science Columbus State University
John Neill Biology Columbus State University
Derek Berry Architecture Drury University
Geoff Hughes Computer Information Systems Drury University
Jaime Villa Zapatero Management & Marketing Drury University
Chris Yates Pre-Pharmacy Drury University
Jacob Lozano Undecided Eastern New Mexico University
Scott Anderson Exercise Physiology Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Ben Hahn Education Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Jacob Krolick Math Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Chris Lantinen* Journalism Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Barry McLaughlin Education Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Dustin Thomas Undeclared Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Asher Delmott Psychology Emporia State University
Adam Groblewski History/Spanish Erskine College
Daniel Evans Aviation Management Florida Institute of Technology
Myles Garza Aerospace Engineering Florida Institute of Technology
Vincent Poczekajlo Airport Development Florida Institute of Technology
Ross Russell Chemistry/Pre Med Florida Institute of Technology
Andrew Martucci Human Movement Performance Florida Southern College
Alex Hendee Political Science Fort Hays State University
Peterson Dylan Biology Fort Lewis College
Michael Kersten Exercise Science Fort Lewis College
Alex Troncoso Anthropology Fort Lewis College
Anthony Witt Biomedical Science Grand Valley State University
Philip Biwott Management Information Systems Harding University
Ryan Johnson Mechanical Engineering Harding University
Gabriel Ghioca Finance Henderson State University
Chuck Wysong Economics Hillsdale College
Colt Mack Business Management Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Matt Rutt* Undecided Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Nicholas Cutter Bio Le Moyne College
Jake McAndrew Bio Le Moyne College
Patrick Micaroni Bio Le Moyne College
Sondre Thorbergsen Psychology and Sociology Lees-McRae College
Nathan Trimble Wildlife Biology Lees-McRae College
Patrick Ryan Bachelor of Arts/Undeclared Lenoir-Rhyne University
Jacob Stuckey* Bachelor of Science/Chemistry Lenoir-Rhyne University
Michael Garraway Sec. Ed. Mathematics Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Jed Yeatts Sports Administration Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Bud Plaszenski Nutrition Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Joe Stanek Nutrition Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Sean Vollenweider Geography Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Eric Blackburn Biology Mars Hill College
Justin Gragg Business Administration Mars Hill College
Christopher Powell Music Performance Mars Hill College
Aaron Thomas Business Administration Mars Hill College
Tomas Bolger Political Science Mercyhurst College
Nathan Newland Philosophy Metropolitan State College of Denver
Jeff Rafach Meterology Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Paul Walton Chemistry Millersville University of Pennsylvania
James Krajsa Sports Management Minnesota State University, Mankato
Brennon Benkert Bio. Cem. Missouri Southern State University
Dustin Dixon Education Missouri Southern State University
Aki Nummela International Business Missouri Southern State University
Nicaise Kazingo Finance/Math New Mexico Highlands University
Drew Harris Political Science/Criminal Jus Northern Kentucky University
Joey Mueller Undeclared Northern Kentucky University
Josh Schmeichel Math Education Northern State University
Clay Martin Chemistry Northwest Missouri State University
Jesse Baggenstos* Physics/Engineering Northwest Nazarene University
Andrew Piotrowski Accounting Philadelphia University
Matt Haffner Mathematics Pittsburg State University
Tim Testa Physical Education Pittsburg State University
Simon Stuetzel* Business Queens University of Charlotte
Nick Ekel English Saginaw Valley State University
Steve Genther Management Saginaw Valley State University
Cortland Seaver Pre-Medicine Saginaw Valley State University
Brian Trejo Journalism San Francisco State University
Chad Meis Engineering Seattle Pacific University
Dominic Camasso Undecided Seton Hill University
Bryan Beegle Criminal Justice Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Stephen Schelander Economics Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Eric Geddis Business Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Brian Ulrich Exercise Science Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Paul Ryskowski English Secondary Education Southern Connecticut State University
Michael McCampbell Biology Southwest Baptist University
Michael Pierce Sports Management Southwest Baptist University
Steve Polito Fine Arts Stonehill College
Jordan Kirwen* Intervention Specialist Education The University of Findlay
Mike Eblin Sports Management Tiffin University
Stephen Dolan Undeclared University of Alabama in Huntsville
Josh Moshier Physics University of Alabama in Huntsville
Micah Chelimo* Engineering University of Alaska Anchorage
Alfred Kangogo Nursing University of Alaska Anchorage
Jeremy Riley Bioengineering University of California, San Diego
Dalton Moberly Education University of Central Missouri
Angus MacDonald Math University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Tanner Fruit Exercise Science University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kevin Clancy* Physical Education University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Pardon Ndhlovu International Business University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Brandon Campbell Social Science (Teaching) University of Southern Indiana
Brendan Devine History / Journalism University of Southern Indiana
Steven Cain Exercise Science University of Tampa
Chris Catanach Communications/Film & Media University of Tampa
Lewis Price Business University of Tampa
Shayn Weidner Mathematics University of the Incarnate Word
Eddie Pagan Athletic Training University of West Florida
Alan McGough Biology Valdosta State University
Travis Barczak Dietetics Wayne State University (Michigan)
Charlie Cavell Political Science Wayne State University (Michigan)
Kevin deBear Physical Therapy Wayne State University (Michigan)
Alex Townsend Accounting Wayne State University (Michigan)
Edward Brittingham English West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Braxton Jackson Health Promotion Western Oregon University
Justin Karr Psychology, Social Science Western Oregon University
Brandon Snook Earth Science Western Oregon University
Dan Sprinkle History Western Oregon University
Loren Ahonen Environmental Studies Western State College of Colorado
Sean Brown Exercise and Sports Science Western State College of Colorado
Ahonen Loren Environmental studies Western State College of Colorado
Tyler Pennel Sociology Western State College of Colorado
Glenn Watts Environmental Studies Western State College of Colorado
Eric Brill English – Literature Western Washington University
Gregory Kubitz Mathematics Western Washington University
Jordan Welling MFG & Supply Chain Mgmt Western Washington University
Chad Darlington Business Wilmington University (Delaware)