AUSTIN, Texas — The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) released its 2017-18 Google Cloud Men's Track and Field and Cross Country Academic All-America Teams on Tuesday, and Washington and Lee junior Hank Patrick (Baton Rouge, La./University Laboratory School) garnered Third Team honors.
A biochemistry and philosophy double major, Patrick was named the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete this season in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field.
During the cross country season, Patrick placed third at the conference championship to earn First Team All-ODAC accolades. He went on to finish as the team's top runner (12th) at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional and qualified for the NCAA National Championship. He then placed 221st at the NCAA meet.
At the ODAC's Men's Track and Field Indoor Championship this year, Patrick took second in the 3,000m and third in the mile to earn All-ODAC accolades. He also scored in three events at the outdoor championship, claiming fourth in the 3,000m steeplechase and fifth in the 1,500m and 5,000m.
This is the first Academic All-America distinction for Patrick, and he is the first W&L honoree from the men's cross country or track and field teams since Wayde Marsh '13 made the second team in 2013 as a member of the Generals' swimming and track and field squads.
W&L won the ODAC team title in cross country and indoor track and field this season, and the Generals were the runner-up during the outdoor meet.
Patrick's selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-America squad brings W&L's all-time total to 81 student-athletes honored since 1970. The criteria for the Academic All-American program states that a player must be of sophomore academic standing, be a starter or important reserve, and claim a GPA of at least a 3.30 on a 4.0 scale. The at-large team consists of athletes from 12 different sports. To view the full 2018 men's and women's track and field and cross country teams, please click here.
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