American seats 23 on Track & Field Academic Honor Roll

WASHINGTON -- American University placed 23 members of its Men's & Women's Outdoor Track & Field team to the 2002 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll including the men's indoor Scholar-Athlete of the Year Frank Malpigli (Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore), a sophomore International Studies major who earned a 3.49 grade-point average (GPA) during the spring semester.

A student-athlete must earn a 3.20 GPA in the spring semester and be awarded a varsity letter in one of the 13 League-sponsored championship sports in the winter or spring. For the Eagles, the men's team posted 13 athletes to the 97-member honor roll and third-most in the league while the women's squad tied for fourth with 10 of the total 114 honored.

Juniors John Campbell (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull), Andy Ellerhorst (Garrettsville, Ohio/James A. Garfield), John Hrivnak (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso), Jose Morales (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) and Chad Young (Cheltenham, Pa./Cheltenham) joined Malpigli on the Academic Honor roll. AU sophomores Matthew Cooke (Washington, D.C./Maret), Matt Seymour (Rockville, Md./Magruder) and Ed Topolewski (Englewood Cliffs, N.J./Dwight Englewood), and freshmen Matthew Barresi (Laurel, Md./Atholton), Patrick MacAdie (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) and Chris Repka (East Windsor, N.J./Highstown) also achieved academic recognition.

One American senior, Nicole Eldredge (Portsmouth, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey), was named to the honor roll, and she was joined by sophomores Jennifer Baclawski (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana), Leah Heinecke-Krumhus (Suwanee, Ga./Batavia) and Liz Krashes (Natick, Mass./Natick). There were six Eagle freshmen receiving accolades including Sandra Bozik (Vernon, N.J./Vernon Township), Heidi Fishpaw (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge)and Lindsay Gilman (Westbrook, Maine/Westbrook). Other rookie winners were Chanel Hunt (Raleigh, NC./Ravenscroft), Whitney McNees (Pennington, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central) and Megan Simpson (Highland Lakes, N.J./Vernon Township).

American University, which fields a 19-sport NCAA Division I athletics program featuring 10 women's sports and nine for men, recently completed its inaugural year of membership in the Patriot League. The University had an extremely successful year on respective fields of play, capturing league championships in men's soccer, women's volleyball, men's tennis and women's tennis, and regular-season titles in men's basketball and women's lacrosse.

Chartered by an Act of Congress in 1893, American University features students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and more than 160 nations worldwide.