June 20, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Army track and field combined for 47 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll certificates as the conference revealed the lists on Thursday. The Black Knight men boasted a league-best 30 honorees while the Army women had 17 cadet-athletes recognized to eclipse the 40-member mark for the third time in four years.
To be eligible for the Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.20 grade-point average in the spring semester and participate in one of the Patriot League’s winter or spring championship sports.
In total, 191 women and 175 men were named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. Six Black Knights earned GPAs 4.0 or better, led by rising senior Allie Sutherland’s 4.40 spring semester average. Sutherland, from Houston, Texas, is a Systems Engineering major who runs middle distance for the women’s track team.
“At West Point we gauge our teams’ successes and failures on two terms: the fields of friendly strife, which in our case is the track, and in the classroom,” said Army head coach Troy Engle. “For our teams to have the success in both areas speaks volumes about the quality of cadet-athletes in our program. We truly pride ourselves on having high academic standards while not faltering on the athletic field.”
Army’s team academic progress has seen incredible improvements since Engle took over the program five seasons ago. Since 2009, the Black Knights have combined for 187 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll certificates with the total number of honorees growing in each of the past three seasons. The Army track and field and cross country teams annually collect USTFCCCA All-Academic honors along with individual scholar accolades also being distributed, including rising junior Lisa Junta’s recent Academic All-District First Team honor, making her eligible for Academic All-America recognition.
For the complete Patriot League Academic Honor Rolls, click here: men / women.