American University outdoor track senior student-athlete John Pope has been named the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year, conference officials announced Monday. Pope and senior Julia Sullivan were also named to the Academic All-Patriot League Teams for men's and women's outdoor track.
Pope earns his first Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor after carrying a 3.89 cumulative GPA as an international communication graduate student. He becomes the first Patriot League male student-athlete to be a three-time outdoor track Academic All-League Team honoree and has made all nine Academic All-Patriot League Teams for which he has been eligible. The Carlisle, Pa. native earned Second Team All-Patriot League honors last weekend after placing second in the 10,000 meter run. He also posted an IC4A time in the 10,000 meter run at the Colonial Relays and had a pair of top finishes in the 5,000 meter run, winning the event at the Maryland Invitational and posting a runner-up result at the Navy Spring Invitational.
Pope is a 2012 USTFCCCA Cross Country All-Academic Team honoree, 2013 CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District selection and has been recognized on the Patriot League Academic Roll seven times in his career, also being named to the University's Dean's List. He received the 2011-12 Patriot League Male Sportsmanship Award.
Pope becomes American's second ever outdoor track male Scholar-Athlete of the Year after Matt Seymour received the honor in 2004.
Sullivan receives her sixth career Academic All-Patriot League Team selection and owns a 3.81 cumulative GPA as an international studies and environmental studies double-major. The Northampton, Mass. native was the anchor of the 4x800 meter relay team that set a new program record and registered an ECAC qualifying time at the Patriot League Championships, also placing ninth and setting the 10th fastest time at American in the 1,500. She was the anchor of the 4x1500 meter relay team that finished third at the Colonial Relays and set the second fastest mark at American. Individually, she posted two top 10 finishes during the outdoor season with a sixth place result in the 1,500 at the Morgan State Legacy Meet and 10th place finish in the 800 meter run at the Maryland Invitational.
Academically, she has been named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll seven times in her career and is also a Dean's List honoree.
American competes at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet tonight at 5 p.m. and the ECAC Outdoor Championships in Princeton, N.J. on May 17-18.