Division I Cross Country Men’s Scholar Athlete of the Year and Individual All-Academic Awards Announced

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

February 14, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – Andrew Colley of NC State has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I Men’s Scholar Athlete of the Year for the 2013 cross country season among 72 men who earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors.

Colley, who finished seventh at the 2013 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, earned Scholar Athlete of the Year status as the best individual finisher at the NCAA Championships who earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.25.

A senior accounting major from Williamsburg, Va., with a 3.397 GPA, Colley traversed the 10K course at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, Ind., in 30:12.44 for NC State’s highest-ever individual finish at the meet.

Past Winners

2013: Andrew Colley, NC State
2012: Anthony Rotich, UTEP
2011: Chris Derrick, Stanford
2010: Chris Derrick, Stanford
2009: David McNeill, Northern Arizona
2008: Galen Rupp, Oregon
2007: Galen Rupp, Oregon
2006: Neftalem Araia, Stanford

Prior to the NCAA Championships, Colley  claimed the ACC Championship individual crown and finished runner-up at the Southeast Regional. His season also included third- and fourth-place showings at Wisconsin’s adidas Invitational and Minnesota’s Roy Griak Invitational, respectively.

He is the first Division I man from NC State and the ACC – or an East Coast school, for that matter – to earn the award.

Colley was one of 72 men in Division I who earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for the 2013 cross country season. Honorees must have compiled a cumulative GPA or 3.25 or greater and must have finished as an All-American or among the 15 finishers (or 10 percent) in his regional meet.

Those 72 men hail from 49 different institutions and 20 different conferences. Syracuse was the best represented program with four individuals, followed by Kansas, Georgetown and Tulsa with three apiece.

The ACC and Big Ten conferences both led the way with nine each, followed by the Big 12 with eight and the Big East with six.

Five student-athletes reported 4.0 cumulative GPAs, including four seniors in Lucas Cotter of Chattanooga, Solomon Haile of Arkansas, Joshua Hardin of Northern Arizona and Reed Kamyszek of Syracuse. First-year student Ben Saarel of Colorado was the fifth.

Of the 45 All-Americans, 19 earned All-Academic honors; as did nine of the top 25 finishers.

2013 Division I Men’s Cross Country Individual All-Academic Honorees

Full Name Institution GPA Athlete’s Major
Solomon Haile Arkansas 4.00 Recreation and Sport Management
Kane Grimster Auburn 3.67 Journalism
Samuel Mueller Auburn 3.42 Pre-Vet Animal Sciences
Matt Miller Belmont 3.29 History
Jeff Howard Boise State 3.33 K-12 Physical Education
Tylor Thatcher BYU 3.35 Chemical Engineering
Jared Ward BYU 3.31 Statistical Science
Craig Hunt Central Connecticut State 3.25 Physical Education
Lucas Cotter Chattanooga 4.00 MBA
Morgan Pearson Colorado 3.47 Economics
Ben Saarel Colorado 4.00 Engineering Physics
Nico Composto Columbia 3.43 History
Johnny Gregorek Columbia 3.70 History
John Bleday Dartmouth 3.48 Economics
Thijs Nijhuis Eastern Kentucky 3.52 Biology- Pre-Med
Brian King Georgetown 3.65 Finance
Collin Leibold Georgetown 3.73 Undeclared (Business School)
Andrew Springer Georgetown 3.89 Professional Studies – Real Estate
Luke Baker Georgia 3.31 Marketing
Brandon Lord Georgia 3.58 Applied Biotechnology
Brandon Lasater Georgia Tech 3.64 Electrical Engineering
Jannis Töepfer Illinois 3.77 MS, Aerospace Engineering
Matt Schwartzer Indiana 3.43 Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation 
Jake Byrne Iona 3.69 Marketing
Daniel Clorley Iona 3.83 Marketing MBA
Kevin Lewis Iowa 3.26 Electrical Engineering
Martin Coolidge Iowa State 3.76 Meteorology
Mohamed Hrezi Iowa State 3.30 Accounting
Reid Buchanan Kansas 3.50 Electrical Engineering
Evan Landes Kansas 3.56 Exercise Science
Josh Munsch Kansas 3.65 Design
Ash Harrell Lamar 3.44 Exercise Science
Matt Johnsen Lamar 3.40 Exercise Science
Tyler Mueller Lehigh 3.26 Bioengineering
Juan Gonzalez Lipscomb 3.40 Law & Justice
Tyler Byrne Louisville 3.78 Justice Administration
Mason Ferlic Michigan 3.49 Aerospace Engineering
Caleb Rhynard Michigan State 3.99 Kinesiology
Andrew Colley NC State 3.40 Accounting
Wesley Gallagher Northeastern 3.31 Engineering
Joshua Hardin Northern Arizona 4.00 Secondary Education
Brian Shrader Northern Arizona 3.48 Exercise Science
Martin Grady Notre Dame 3.32 Accounting
JP Malette Notre Dame 3.55 Master of Business Administration
Joseph Manilafasha Oklahoma State 3.35 Political Science
Craig Nowak Oklahoma State 3.63 Undeclared
Tanguy Pepiot Oregon 3.43 General Social Sciences
Matthew Fischer Penn State 3.78 Business
Scott Fauble Portland 3.31 Psychology
Charlie McDonald Portland 3.68 Master’s Business Administration
Alejandro Arroyo Yamin Princeton 3.47
Julian Saad Providence 3.78 Education Guidance and Counceling
Matthew McClintock Purdue 3.48 Movement and Sports Sciences
Eric Causey San Francisco 3.65 Business 
Ryan Barrus Southern Utah 3.77 Accounting
Michael Atchoo Stanford 3.42 Biomechanical engineering
Griffith Graves Syracuse 3.67 New Media Management – Graduate Student
Martin Hehir Syracuse 3.92 Biology
Reed Kamyszek Syracuse 4.00 Bio-Chemistry and Ethics
Robert Molke Syracuse 3.69 Management and Public Communications
Chris Galvin Texas 3.89 Mechanical Engineering (Graduate School)
Andrew Heyes Tulsa 3.66 MBA
Marc Scott Tulsa 3.30 Exercise Sport Science
Daniel Thater Tulsa 3.32 English
Anthony Rotich UTEP 3.32 BMS
Robert Denault Villanova 3.48 Marketing
Sam McEntee Villanova 3.44 Math
Thomas Porter Virginia 3.56 M.Ed in Kinesiology- Exercise Physiology
Malachy Schrobilgen Wisconsin 3.41 History/Economics
Michael Van Voorhis Wisconsin 3.33 Chemical Engineering
Garrett Zans Wyoming 3.44 Electrical Engineering
Kevin Dooney Yale 3.38 Undecided