Senior Kate Svensen of the women’s cross country team was named as a 2017 Fall Scholar-Athlete by the Northeast Conference on January 23. The conference also recognized a league-best 134 Pioneer student-athletes as on the Fall Academic Honor Roll (3.2 GPA and above), while 26 earned Commissioners Honor Roll (3.6 GPA and above).
“I’m thrilled for Kate,” said head women’s cross country and track & field coach Christian Morrison. “She is very deserving of her success and this recognition from the Northeast Conference. Nursing, in my opinion, is our hardest undergraduate major, and Kate has balanced the challenges of that major with her running like few have. Along the way, I’ve never heard her complain even once. Her relentless positive attitude, I think, is the driving force behind her academic and athletic accomplishments.”
A graduate of Bishop Feehan High School, Svensen earns the award after she dominated the competition at the NEC Championship in October to spark the Pioneers to their fourth conference crown in five seasons. In winning the race by nearly 38 seconds, she posted a time of 17:24.3 to earn the second All-NEC honor of her career. Svensen was also the top SHU finisher at the ECAC/IC4A meet, earning All-East accolades for the second-consecutive year while shaving 30 seconds off her 2016 time. The Medway, Mass., native won two other races in the fall, taking first at both the Ted Owen and Stony Brook Invitationals, and was a three-time NEC Athlete of the Week.
Svensen, a Nursing major, carries a 3.77 grade point average. She has been named to the NEC Academic and Commissioner’s Honor Roll lists in each of her four years at SHU. Svensen has earned Dean’s List, for a 3.6 GPA or better, in all seven of her semesters.