For the fourth time in his career, Army West Point firstie Ben Petrella has been named Patriot League Track & Field Scholar Athlete of the Year. The Liverpool, N.Y., native headlines a five-cadet class of Academic All-Patriot League recipients from Army by taking home the league's top academic honor.
It marks the second time this academic year in which Petrella was named the league's top student athlete, as he won the award following the cross country season in the fall. He received the honor for both indoor track & field and cross country last year. Following the 2019 season, he received his first Google Cloud Academic All-America honor as well as his second Academic All-District honor.
In addition, four other Cadets received recognition from the league for their academic achievements as Academic All-Patriot League recipients.
Joining Petrella from the men's team is firstie Michael Renard. He takes home his first academic honor after a year of dominance for the Army throws team. Renard set both the Army and Patriot League records this season with an 18.76-meter shot put throw earlier this year. Last week, he set the Patriot League Championship record with a throw of 18.70 meters. He was named Patriot League Male Field Athlete of the Year. Read more.