Cobleskill, NY — Five Fighting Tiger student-athletes have received the 2015-16 Scholar Athlete Award from the State University of New York for excellence in the classroom and in their sports, making this the largest group of SUNY Cobleskill student-athletes to receive the award in a given year.
The award recognizes SUNY System athletes for their accomplishments on the field of competition, in the classroom and among the community. It is awarded annually among four separate divisions representing the system’s 64 campuses as a way of acknowledging SUNY’s brightest scholar-athletes.
In men’s outdoor Track & Field, senior Javante Coley distinguished himself in the sprint events, earning All-New York State College Track Conference honors in the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes and qualifying for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Championships in each event during the 2015 season. In the classroom, he earned over a 3.0 grade point average while majoring in Information Technology.
Representing the men’s Swimming & Diving team, sophomore Joslen Pettit won the NEAC Championship in the 200-yard butterfly, as well as Third Team All-Conference Honors in the 100-yard butterfly. During his time at SUNY Cobleskill, he has maintained a 3.24 GPA while majoring in humanities.
In men’s indoor Track & Field, senior Justin Contestabile earned All-New York State College Track Conference honors in the 60-meter hurdles for the Fighting Tigers. In the classroom, he earned over a 3.0 grade point average while pursuing his Bachelor Degree in Culinary.
In women’s indoor Track & Field, junior Emily Belewich earned All-New York State College Track Conference honors in the 60-meter hurdles this past season. Academically, the Agricultural Business major earned over a 3.0 grade point average while pursuing her Bachelor Degree.
In women’s Cross Country, junior Taylor Tommell became the first Fighting Tiger female runner to win the NEAC Women’s Cross Country Individual Championship while earning NEAC Women’s Runner of the Year honors. She was recently named SUNY Cobleskill Female Athlete of the Year for 2016. She holds a grade point average of 3.28 in the Bachelor of Communications Technology program.
SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher announced the 78 recipients of the 2015-16 Scholar Athlete Award on Tuesday. The student-athletes were nominated by their campus athletic director. Nominees’ academic credentials and athletic accomplishments were then reviewed by a panel of athletic directors from across the SUNY system and members of the SUNY provost’s office.
“Recipients of this award are honored for high achievement in and out of the classroom, accomplishment marked by hard work, dedication, and discipline,” Zimpher said. “Congratulations to each of this year’s SUNY scholar athletes, and thank you to the many faculty, coaches, and staff across SUNY who mentor and support them.”