Junta Elected Patriot League Indoor Track Scholar-Athlete Of The Year

Lisa Junta

Lisa Junta

Feb. 26, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa.  – Army sophomore distance runner Lisa Junta added another accolade to her growing list on Tuesday afternoon as she was voted the female recipient of Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. Junta was one of two Black Knights to garner recognition by the conference as the Springfield, Va., native was joined by junior Ricardo Galindo as members of the Patriot League Academic All-League teams as well.

The Academic All-Patriot League Team honors student-athletes who excel in their sport and the classroom. 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.

Junta won the 5,000-meter run at the Patriot League Indoor Championships two weeks ago with the second-fastest time in Army history before smashing the 27-year old Academy record in the 3,000 meters the following day en route to the gold medal. Following the championships, Junta garnered Track Performer of the Meet honors, becoming just the second Black Knight in program history to earn the recognition.

In the classroom, the Life Science major carries a 4.12 cumulative grade point average and has received a number of recognitions including being named to the Dean’s List, the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Team, the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and Academic All-League.

Junta is Army’s first Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipient since Lauren
Rowe in 2003, and third overall. She was named to the Academic All-League team for the first time as a track athlete and also was voted to the squad following the 2012 cross country campaign.

Galindo finished runner-up in the 3,000 meters at the Patriot League Indoor Championships and shows a 3.576 GPA, also in Life Science. He recorded the eighth-fastest 3K time in the conference this season in the annual indoor Star Meet against Navy, and is a five-time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll performer. Galindo was also voted the Academic All-League squad following the 2012 cross country season and is a consistent member of the Dean’s List.  

Junta was one of 10 women, while Galindo was one of 11 men to be voted to the Academic All-Patriot League teams. Navy’s Chris Galvin garnered men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors for the second time in his career following a pair of top-four finishes at the conference meet and a 4.0 GPA in Mechanical Engineering.

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.

Women’s Indoor Track and Field Academic All-Patriot League Team
Lisa Junta, Army, So.
Olivia Massey, Bucknell, Sr.
Caroline Tolli, Bucknell, Sr.
Emily Waksmunski, Bucknell, Jr.
Jennifer Zymet, Bucknell, Jr.
Sarah Dahlstrom, Holy Cross, So.
Elise Buffinton, Lafayette, Jr.
Lauren Pietrosh, Lehigh, Sr.
Annie-Norah Beveridge, Navy, So.
Brigid Byrne, Navy, Sr.

Men’s Indoor Track and Field Academic All-Patriot League Team*
John Pope, American, Jr.
Ricardo Galindo, Army, Jr.
Leonard Joseph, Bucknell, Sr.
Luke Webster, Bucknell, Sr.
Chris Johnson, Colgate, Sr.
Timothy Phelps, Colgate, Sr.
Nicholas Orzol, Lafayette, Sr.
Paul Ciavardelli, Lehigh, Jr.
Brett Bogaard, Navy, Jr.
Jeremy Cadiente, Navy, Jr.
Christopher Galvin, Navy, Sr.
* - 11 student-athletes due to tie in voting

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