May 16, 2016
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Brendan Johnson of American University was voted the Corvias Patriot League Men's Outdoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the league office announced on Monday.
He joined Eagles senior Kelseagh Budris as a member of the Academic All-Patriot League teams for outdoor track and field.
Johnson, a junior from Waldorf, Md., won the men's 10,000-meter championship at the PL Outdoor Championships held on May 6. He also placed third in the men's 5,000 final, running a career-best in that event.
Johnson is the Eagles' third PL Scholar-Athlete of the Year in men's outdoor track since AU joined the league in 2001-02. Matt Seymour won in 2004 and John Pope was selected in 2014.
He was one of 11 members of the 2016 Academic All-PL Men's Outdoor Track and Field Team. Johnson, who carries a 3.65 cumulative GPA while double-majoring in political science and public health, earned his third Academic All-PL award this year, also being selected in cross country and indoor track.
Budris, a senior from Concord, Mass., placed fourth at the PL Outdoor Championships in the women's 1,500. She also ran the anchor leg on AU's 4x800 relay team that finished third two weeks ago.
Budris had marks this season that placed her ninth in the 400 and third in the 1,500 on AU's all-time lists. She carries a 3.72 GPA in an interdisciplinary major covering communication, law, economics and government.
The awards are voted on by Patriot League track and field sports information contacts, who could not select their own student-athletes.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and be a starter or key player in their sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible.