NEW YORK - Villanova senior Patrick Tiernan (Toowoomba, Australia) was named the winner of a BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award for men's cross country in an announcement by the conference office on Monday afternoon. He was one of ...
July 11, 2016
Two Georgetown University student-athletes have been named winners of the 2015-16 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence award for their respective sports as announced by the BIG EAST Conference on Monday, July 11. Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) earned the award for womenâ€™s indoor track & field and Aliyah Graves-Brown (Harrisburg, Pa./Harrisburg Academy) was recognized for field hockey.Coogan, an 11-time All-American on the Hilltop, had a stellar indoor track & field season that saw her anchor the NCAA champion distance medley relay (DMR) squad and turn in a third-place performance in the womenâ€™s 3,000-meter run at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, held in Birmingham, Ala.Coogan continued her impressive senior campaign during the outdoor season, where she again anchored a championship DMR team â€“ this one at the 2016 Penn Relays Carnival. Coogan and the relay team brought home one of two titles for the Hoyas at the Penn Relays. She picked up a pair of event crowns at the 2016 BIG EAST Outdoor Championships, winning the 1,500-meter run handily and successfully defending the 4x800-meter title as she ran the third leg of the relay. She became just the second Hoya in program history to win back-to-back conference 1,500-meter crowns.
An NCAA finalist, she finished 20th in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, to pick up the 11th All-America distinction of her career.Leading Georgetown field hockey to eight wins, Graves-Brown became the first Hoya in program history to be selected to the BIG EAST First Team.The forward played in all 19 games this season, starting 18 and led the team in goals with five. Graves-Brown also recorded an assist to give her a team-high 11 points. She rounded out the year on a high note for the Hoyas, as she was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 19, after tallying two goals against Villanova, including the golden goal in overtime to give the Hoyas the 2-1 win and their first BIG EAST victory since 2011. In her career at Georgetown, Graves-Brown has appeared in 55 games and has 11 goals, seven assists and 29 shots to her credit. The Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards are given to one student-athlete in each BIG EAST-sponsored sport based on academic credentials, athletic accolades or performances and volunteer service to the community. Student-athletes who have attained junior academic standing and a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 are eligible. The winners are chosen by the BIG EAST Faculty Athletics Representative Council. The last Hoyas to win the award were Andrew Springer (cross country), Maggie Brown (womenâ€™s lacrosse) and Amanda Kimbers (womenâ€™s outdoor track & field) in 2013-2014.
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