The Patriot League Conference announced their yearly cross country scholar athlete awards yesterday afternoon and three members of the Army West Point Men's and Women's Cross Country teams received recognition.
To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and Academic All-Patriot League Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor.
After winning the Patriot League Cross Country Championships and being named the Patriot League Outstanding Performer of the Meet, Marshall Beatty was selected as the 2021 Men's Scholar Athlete of the Year. The Missoula, MT native led the Black Knights to their 11th conference title and fourth straight since the 1993-1996 teams. The cow was also selected to represent Army and the Patriot League at the NCAA Cross Country Championships on March 15, 2021 where he competed to a 159th finish marked at 32:19.6. Beatty's selection comes as a result of his continued ability to compete to the highest level both on the course and in the classroom, tallying a 3.65 cumulative GPA.
“Marshall Beatty has collected a lot of athletic awards in his career and I am proud of him for all that he has accomplished but I am equally proud of how he has performed in the classroom,” said head coach Mike Smith. “This award is a reflection of his commitment to do his best at everything he does. In a time of great uncertainty and trying circumstances, Marshall has not wavered in his pursuit of excellence. I am happy for him to see his hard work rewarded with this type of recognition.”
Beatty's successes also secured him a spot on the Academic All-Patriot League Team alongside teammates Garrett Gough and Mika Andrews who were listed amongst the conferences best and brightest.
Gough finished eighth at the Patriot League Championships with a time of 22:09.5, earning him second-team All-League honors. The yearling was a top competitor for the Black Knights in 2020 (21) continuously getting better with each appearance. Gough finished 17th against Syracuse with a time of 23:48, ninth at the tri meet with Syracuse and BC with a time of 25:31 and eighth in the Army-Navy Star Series dual meet with a time of 24:45. The Nevada City, CA native is a history major and currently holds a 3.40 cumulative GPA. Read more.