Colley Named USTFCCCA Men's Scholar Athlete of the Year
Feb. 24, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - NC State redshirt senior Andrew Colley 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.
The 2013 ACC Scholar Athlete and 2013 ACC Performer of the Year, Colley becomes the first Division I cross country athlete from NC State, as well as the ACC, to earn the prestigious USTFCCCA Men's Scholar Athlete of the Year award.
A senior accounting major from Williamsburg, Va., 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.
Colley beat out 72 other male student-athletes 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.
The 72 male student-athletes hailed from 49 different institutions and 20 different conferences. 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.