Men’s Cross Country Garners Academic Accolades from Patriot League and ECAC
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – For its success on the course and in the classroom, the Navy men’s cross country team has been recognized by the Patriot League and Eastern College Athletic Conference on each organization’s academic lists. 15 Mids were named to the 2017 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, while seven garnered a nod on the ECAC President’s and Academic Honor Rolls.
To be eligible for the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.20 grade-point average in the fall semester. The requirements for ECAC honors is slightly different as the organization requires student-athletes to have completed an entire academic year, whereas freshmen are eligible for the Patriot League list. The ECAC divides its honor roll into student-athletes with GPAs of 3.6 or better (President’s Honor Roll) and those between 3.2 and 3.59 (Academic Honor Roll).
Members of the 2017 Academic All-Patriot League team that was selected in November, Jake Brophy (So., New Hope, Pa.), Josh Hanna (Sr., Winfield, Kan.) and Kevin Murray (So., Wilmington, Del.) were all named to the Academic Honor Roll on Wednesday as Brophy posted a 4.00 GPA in computer science, Hanna a 4.00 in nuclear engineering and Murray a 3.55 in mechanical engineering during the fall semester. Hanna completes his cross country career with four nods to the honor roll.
Dan Helfand (Jr., Cherry Hill, N.J.), Michael Karls (Jr., Festus, Mo.) and Jake Shewbert (So., Flowery Branch, Ga.) each make return visits to the list. Helfand (3.60 GPA, Mathematics w/Economics), Karls (3.75 GPA, Mathematics w/Economics) and Shewbert (3.24 GPA, Mathematics w/Economics) all earned nods following the 2016 season. Karls is now a three-time honoree.
Seven other Midshipmen were recognized by the Patriot League on the Academic Honor Roll for the first time in their careers: sophomore Connor Nicholson (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J., 3.26 GPA, Political Science) and freshmen Josh Greear (South Charleston, W.Va., 3.56 GPA), Bryce Jones (Dalton, Ga., 3.82 GPA), Tyler Parsons (Cherry Hill, N.J., 3.76 GPA), Dawson Podlena (Topeka, Kan., 3.59 GPA), Quinn Schneider (Cornelius, N.C., 3.65 GPA) and Brent Schwartz (North Easton, Mass., 3.53 GPA).
In terms of the ECAC academic accolades, Brophy, Hanna, Helfand and Karls were all selected to the President’s Honor Roll, while Murray, Nicholson and Shewbert were named to the Academic Honor Roll.
Navy completed its 2017 season in November with its second consecutive berth to the NCAA Championships. The Mids qualified after finishing second of 26 teams at the Mid-Atlantic Regionals.