FAIRFIELD, CT (June 20, 2013) - Sacred Heart graduate Alyssa Selmquist (Northford, CT) was named the Northeast Conference Women's Outdoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Selmquist also earned the honor for the 2013 NEC Indoor Track & Field season.
Selmquist was a double-winner at the 2013 NEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, and did it in dominating fashion. She broke a six-year meet record in the 10,000 meters, beating the competition by 18 seconds with a time of 36:05.40. Selmquist also crossed the tape first in the 5,000 meters, clocking in at 16:56.33, seven seconds ahead of the runner-up finisher. A Northford, CT native, she qualified for NCAA Regionals by breaking the school record in the 10K by nearly two and a half minutes with a time of at 34:58.98 at the Stanford Invitational to commence her outdoor campaign. She also earned All-New England honors in the 5,000 meters. Selmquist compiled a 3.82 grade point average as an Accounting major.
All scholar-athlete award winners earned a minimum of 60 semester hours at their institution, maintained a minimum cumulative grade-point-average of 3.20 and participated with distinction as a member of a varsity team.
Along with the scholar-athletes, the NEC also announced its spring Academic Honor Roll, consisting of 913 student-athletes with a 3.20 or better grade-point average, an increase of three percent from the 2012 spring season. There were also a record 215 student-athletes named to the spring Commissioner's Honor Roll, recognizing those superior student-athletes with a 3.75 or better grade point average. The number of students named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll represented a four percent increase from a year ago.
The Pioneers placed 109 student-athletes on the NEC's Spring Academic Honor Roll while 25 Sacred Heart student-athletes were named to the NEC's Spring Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Over the course of the 2012-13 academic year, a record total of 2,332 student-athletes landed a spot on the Academic Honor Roll. That figure represents nearly half of the NEC's competitors. On the year, 582 student-athletes were named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll, also an all-time high for the Conference.