June 29, 2004
WASHINGTON - American University track athletes Keira Carlstrom (Oakton, Va./Oakton) and Matt Seymour (Rockville, Md./Magruder) have been selected as the 2004 Patriot League Outdoor Track Scholar-Athletes of the Year, Patriot League officials announced Tuesday. Carlstrom becomes just the second PL female student-athlete, behind Fordham's Lauren Gubicza in 1992, to sweep the cross country, indoor track and outdoor track Scholar-Athlete awards. Seymour is just the eighth PL male student-athlete to win both the indoor and outdoor track Scholar-Athlete awards. The AU men's squad also swept the three awards, with junior Pat MacAdie (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) winning the cross country Scholar-Athlete of the Year in the fall. Carlstrom carries a 3.5 grade point average in mathematics. Just a sophomore, she has been a member of AU's Dean's List twice and has been on the Patriot League Academic Honor roll four times. In the fall, Carlstrom was named the PL's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year after winning the league's individual title and placing 16th at the NCAA Championship Meet, the best-ever finish by a PL female. During the indoor season, Carlstrom once again won the Scholar-Athlete award after decimating the school's indoor mile record with a time of 4:47.81, nearly eight seconds better than the previous record set by Samia Akbar in 2003. In just two indoor seasons, Carlstrom already holds the school records in the 3000m (9:43.46) and the mile, and holds the second-fastest time in AU history in the 1000m (2:55.24). In the outdoor season, Carlstrom made five new entries into the school's outdoor top-10 times. At the ECAC Championships on May 16, she smashed the school record in the 1500m run, finishing in 4:25.21. In addition, she was part of three school record-setting relays -- the 4x400m, the 4x800m and the 4x1500m. Carlstrom also ran the second-fastest 800m in school history on May 1 to capture the Patriot League title in that event. Seymour, a history major, has a 3.94 cumulative GPA. He has been named to the PL's Academic Honor Roll six times. Seymour took home the PL Co-Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Meet honors for his performance at the 2004 Patriot League Indoor Track Championships. The senior won the 3000m and 5000m races, including running the second-fastest 5000m in school history during the PL Championship meet. Seymour holds three top-10 spots on AU's all-time indoor list, including running an 8:20.19 3000m in just his sophomore season. During the outdoor season, Seymour won the 5000m and 10,000m races at the PL Championship meet, setting a PL record. an AU record and a personal best in the 10,000m with a time of 30:41.2. It was the third consecutive outdoor season in which Seymour earned a nod on the PL First Team. Seymour also set a personal best and ran the second-fastest 5000m in school history -- 14:10.61 -- on April 9 at the Bison Outdoor Classic in Lewisburg, Pa. Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year nominees must have a 3.2 cumulative GPA and be a starter or key reserve on their respective team. Winners are selected by a vote of the league's sports information directors. Meanwhile, 19 American University men's and women's track athletes have beeen named to the Patriot League Track and Field Academic Honor Roll, Patriot League officials announced Tuesday. Junior Daniel Maurer (St. Louis, Mo./John Burroughs), a sociology and psychology major, led all AU track athletes with a 4.0 grade point average in the spring semester. On the track, Maurer ran the eighth-fastest outdoor 3000m time in school history (8:42.19) at the Coastal Carolina Opener on March 6. Carlstrom earned the highest spring GPA on the women's squad, with a 3.94 GPA in mathematics. Carlstrom was selected as the PL's 2004 Women's Outdoor Track Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Players must have earned at least a 3.2 grade point average and earned a varsity letter in order to be eligible for the honor roll.