Colley Named ACC Cross Country Male Scholar Athlete of the Year
Feb. 17, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. - NC State senior Andrew Colley has been selected as the 2013 Cross Country Male Scholar Athlete of the Year as announced by ACC Commissioner John Swofford.
The 2012 and 2013 ACC Men's Performer of the Year, Colley capped off an incredible senior season by earning the third straight All-America honor of his career after recording NC State's highest finish ever at the NCAA Championships with a seventh-place showing.
A four-time All-ACC and All-Region performer, Colley captured the individual title at the 2013 ACC Championships, finishing the 8k course with a time of 23:37.9, besting the field by nearly 30 seconds. He also placed second at the NCAA Southeast Regional, propelling the Wolfpack to an at-large berth in the NCAA Championship. In his five races this season, Colley finished first, second, third, fourth and seventh, respectively.
This award marks the third time Colley has earned ACC all-academic honors in his career.
In addition to Colley, Emily Pritt (Communications), Joanna Thompson (Zoology) and Michael Mansy (Business Administration) were also named to the 2013 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Cross Country team.
Thompson completed a successful 2013 by earning the first All-American distinction of her career to compliment her three-time All-ACC and All-Region awards. The Knoxville, Tenn. native led the Wolfpack women's team in every race this year, finishing with the quickest time in all five races, including three top-10's and both All-ACC and All-Region accolades.
Pritt, who earned All-ACC and All-American honors her sophomore year, returned to compete for the Wolfpack this season, racing for the first time in a cross country capacity since 2009. She recorded a 34th-place finish in the ACC Championships on Nov. 1, the second-best result on the Wolfpack women's team at that event, while earning All-Region honors a week later as the State women grabbed a top-three finish at the Regional event.
Mansy, competed in four events for the Wolfpack men on the year, including the ACC Championships, NCAA Regionals and NCAA Championships. Mansy finished a season-best 34th at the ACC's.
To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during her academic career.