Graduate student Erin Koch has been named the 2011 Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year, an award recognizing both her academic and athletic accomplishments.
Koch maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA in her first year in the College of Arts and Sciences graduate program, where she is pursuing her masters in mathematics. She earned her undergraduate degree in mathematics in May 2010 and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 3.91 GPA. Koch was also awarded the Hanna Miriam Sandler Scholarship last year, an honor intended to support either research in mathematics or research in mathematics education involving the teaching of college-level mathematics. The Perkasie, Pa. native is a six-time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll selection and was named to the Academic All-Patriot League for both cross country and indoor track.
Koch has enjoyed a stellar campaign on the track this season and will continue her pursuit of an NCAA Championships appearance this weekend when she competes at the ECAC Championships. Last weekend she placed second in the 1,500 meter run at the Patriot League Championships to earn All-Patriot League Second Team honors, while also placing third in the 800 meter run with the second-fastest time in school history (2:09.86). Koch has broken the school record in the 1,500 meter twice this season, most recently posting a time of 4:22.56 at the Mt. SAC Relay’s on April 14, and ranks second on the school’s all-time top 10 list in the 400 meter dash, 800 meter run and 3,000 meter run. Earlier this year Koch was named to the All-Patriot League Second Team for cross country and indoor track and set a new school record of 4:46.19 in the indoor mile.
Also announced on Wednesday were the first-ever Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track Academic All-Patriot League Teams. Koch was named to the women’s team while senior Colin Eustis was selected to the men’s team.
Eustis owns a 3.679 cumulative GPA as a business administration major in the Kogod School of Business, specializing in both accounting and international business. Eustis is a six-time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll selection and was also named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team for cross country and indoor track.
The senior earned All-Patriot League Second Team honors by placing second in the 10,000 meter run at last weekend’s conference championship meet. His time of 30:29.70 in the event stands as the second fastest in program history. Eustis also earned two All-Patriot League Second Team honors during the indoor season, was named to the All-Patriot League First Team for cross country, and broke the school record in the indoor 5,000 meter run.
Unlike the Academic Honor Roll, the Academic All-Patriot League Team is limited to only 10 recipients. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or student-athletes in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honors.