June 26, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Recently commissioned 2nd Lt. Kendall Ward was selected to the Capital One Track and Field/Cross Country Division I Academic All-America second team Thursday. Ward, who was a member of the cross country and track and field teams at West Point, becomes the first cadet-athlete to be named an Academic All-American in cross country or track and field since 2009.
"We are extremely proud of Kendall for his efforts on both the cross country and track and field teams and in the classroom," said Army Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan. "His passion for excellence in athletics and academics is truly remarkable. Kendall has shown excellent leadership during his time at Army West Point, and this honor is reflective of that."
Ward, who was honored as the Patriot League Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year, completed his final semester at West Point with a 3.96 grade-point average as an Economics major.
"Kendall embodies everything we strive for as a program," said Army head cross country and track and field coach Troy Engle. "He's been a phenomenal cadet-athlete and a cornerstone for our distance crew for four years. He was part of our success in the fall with our win over Navy and was a solid competitor in the spring in the Patriot League. He's been our most-consistent and strongest distance runner throughout the course of the year.
"At the same time, he's been able to demonstrate unbelievable success in the classroom and as cadet as well. He's going to go on to great things in his career and we've been very lucky to have him as part of our program."
Ward finished with a season-best 14:42.38 to place second in the 5,000-meter run in a dual meet against Navy on April 5 before clocking a 14:44.19 and finishing fifth in the event at the Patriot League Championships on May 3. Additionally, the senior ran an IC4A-qualifying time of 30:12.02 in the 10,000-meter run at the Mount Sac Relays on April 17 in Walnut, Calif.
A native of Highland Falls, N.Y., Ward becomes Army's first cross country or track and field athlete to land Academic All-America honors since Andy Ferrara and Kevin Kumlien earned the accolade in 2009.
Ward became eligible for Academic All-American team by being named to the Capital One Academic All-District 1 first team on May 29. Ward was also named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team for the outdoor track and field season.