By Tyler Rusmey
February 28, 2013
Tyler Cox (Mountville, Pa./Hempfield) of the Lock Haven University men’s indoor track & field team has been named the 2013 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Men’s Indoor Track & Field Champion Scholar.
The PSAC Champion Scholar award is given to the male student-athlete participating in the championship with the highest grade-point-average.
Cox, a Health Science and Pre-Physician’s Assistant major currently holds a 3.963 GPA.
Yesterday, Cox ran on Lock Haven’s 4×800-meter relay team that place fourth overall with a time of 8:00.22.
LHU co-head indoor track & field head coach Aaron Russell is very proud of Cox, calling him the role-model student-athlete.
“Tyler has always impressed me with his ability to balance a rigorous honors course load in a very difficult health science major with the demands of being a collegiate athlete,” said Russell. “Despite all that he has on his plate, he always shows up to practice with a smile on his face and lifts everyone around him with his positive attitude.”
The PSAC Champion Scholar Award, begun during the 2011-12 academic year, is modeled after the NCAA’s Elite 89 award and honors the student-athlete with the top grade point average that is competing at the site of each of the PSAC’s 23 team championship finals. The selection criteria for the Champion Scholar Awards is identical to that of the NCAA Elite 89 awards, which honor the student-athlete with the top GPA at each of the championship final sites of the 89 NCAA championships across all three Divisions; I, II and III.
Since the PSAC began giving out the award during the 2011-12 academic year, Cox is the first Lock Haven student-athlete to receive the prestigious honor.
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