The Patriot League announced Wednesday that Army West Point Men's Cross Country captain Ben Petrella has been named Patriot League Scholar Athlete of the Year. "Ben has pursued excellence since he arrived several years ago," Head Coach Mike Smith said. "This honor is a reflection of that excellence." This marks the third time that Petrella has received the league's highest academic honor as he won the award for indoor track and field and cross country in 2018. Following the 2018-19 school year, Petrella was named a Google Could First Team Academic All-American and earned his second academic all-district designation.
"The accolades that have come his way have been hard earned and well deserved," Smith said. "He is successful at everything that he does and is able to compartmentalize his responsibilities and maximize his potential across the board. Our program and this institution have benefited greatly from his contributions and I am sure that we will be talking about him again before he graduates. We are lucky to have him on our team. The Liverpool, N.Y., native is a physics major and carries a 3.955 grade point average. In last weekend's Patriot League Championship, Petrella's fourth place finish helped lead the Black Knights to their third consecutive league title. Following the meet, he was named to the All-Patriot League First Team. Read more.