Division II Announces Post-Graduate Scholarship Winners

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

September 3, 2010   

NEW ORLEANS –Stephanie Charnigo of Findlay, Stephanie Grimm of Kutztown, and Ruben Sanca of UMass Lowell were recently awarded post-graduate scholarships by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II Post-Graduate Scholarship Committee. The trio each earned $1,500 apiece towards post-graduate study and Charnigo notched an addition $1,000 schloarship for being the all-around Division II National Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Charnigo, a native of Medina, Ohio, was the post-graduate scholarship winner representing women’s track & field. In 2010, Charnigo was fourth at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 800 meters after running a season’s best clocking of 2:06.98 in the final. Charnigo was also fourth at the indoor national championships at 800 meters in 2010. The GLIAC outdoor champion at 1500 meters, Charnigo was also a member of Findlay’s 4×100 and 4×400 teams at the conference championships. Indoors, Charnigo was second in the 800 at the league meet.

Grimm, a native of Fleetwood, Pa., was the women’s award winner for cross country. Grimm helped lead the Kutztown Bears to a national top-15 finish at the 2009 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships, finishing in the top 150 as an individual at the national meet. A top -50placing at the NCAA Atlantic Region last fall helped the team finish second in the region and earn an automatic bid to the national meet.

Sanca, a native of Boston, won the post-graduate scholarship, representing men’s cross country. In 2008, Sanca lead UMass Lowell’s team to a 13th-place showing at the national cross country championships with a top-40 individual showing. That same season, Sanca won the NCAA East Region title to help the River Hawks to a regional team title. This season on the track, Sanca earned All-America honors outdoors in the 5000 and 10,000 meters.

To be eligible and considered for a post-graduate scholarship, a student-athlete must have completed collegiate eligibility in all sports, earned an overall cumulative GPA of 3.25 and above, participated in NCAA D-II championship competition, or met NCAA D-II provisional qualifying standards in an indoor or outdoor track and field event, or earned All-Region honors for cross country and demonstrated leadership qualities and community service activities as a member of their team.

About the USTFCCCA

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is a non-profit professional organization representing cross country and track & field coaches of all levels. The organization represents over 8,000 coaching members encompassing 94% of all NCAA track & field programs (DI, DII, and DIII) and includes members representing the NAIA as well as a number of state high school coaches associations. The USTFCCCA serves as an advocate for cross country and track & field coaches, providing a leadership structure to assist the needs of a diverse membership, serving as a lobbyist for coaches’ interests, and working as a liaison between the various stakeholders in the sports of cross country and track & field.