Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - For the first time during his Drake career, sophomore Brogan Austin (Boone Iowa), along with Creighton's Megan Bober have been named the Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today (Nov. 2).
Austin and Bober were honored for their performances during the period of Oct. 24-30.
"It is nice to get recongized in academics because I work just as hard there as I do running," commented Austin.Now in its 13th year of existence, The Valley's Scholar-Athlete program is sponsored by Prairie Farms, Roberts and Hiland Dairies. On a weekly basis, the conference honors its student-athletes for their athletic performance for a one-week period and academic success in the classroom.
A former three-time Iowa prep state champion, Austin became the first Bulldog runner since Bobby Anderson in 2004 to win the State Farm MVC Cross Country Championship individual title on Sunday, Oct. 30, in Terre Haute, Ind. at the LaVern Gibson Cross Country Championship Course.
Austin, who has a 3.37 cumulative grade-point average in math education, ran the challenging 8,000-meter course in a time of 25:15.0 and led Drake to a third-place team finish. He was also named to the MVC Cross Country Scholar-Athlete team earlier this week.
"Its really been Brogan's weekend to shine and no one could take that away from him," commented head coach Dan Hostager. "He puts a lot of time and work into his school and athletic endeavors so it's great to see him get recognized."To qualify for Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week laurels, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing. Redshirt freshmen and first-year junior college transfers are not eligible. In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes will be evaluated on their athletic performance for a one-week period.