Brice Cleland Named BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Excellence Award Winner For Men's Cross Country

June 16, 2010

Complete BIG EAST Release

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Junior cross country runner Brice Cleland was named the 2009-10 BIG EAST Conference Scholar-Athlete Excellence Sport Award winner for men's cross country, the league announced Wednesday. Cleland, a triple major in exercise science, psychology and theology, is the only Marquette student-athlete to earn the honor which recognizes academic and athletic achievement as well as community service.

"Obviously this is a tremendous honor for Brice and it couldn't have happened to a better guy," head cross country coach Mike Nelson said. "He has been our team captain for the past two years and embodies what it is to be a Marquette student-athlete; succeeding in academics, athletics, service and leadership. I couldn't be more proud of him." 

Cleland ended his 2009 cross country campaign as the Golden Eagles' top finisher at both the BIG EAST Championships and the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. At the BIG EAST meet, hosted by MU in Kenosha, Wis., Cleland placed 37th overall in a time of 26:09, and placed 27th at the Regional in 31:52.25.

The Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards are given to one student-athlete in each BIG EAST sport based on academic credentials, athletic accolades or performances and volunteer service to the community. Student-athletes who attained junior academic standing and a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 are eligible. The winners are chosen by the BIG EAST Faculty Athletics Representative Council.




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