Junior Ryan McQuown won the PSAC Champion Scholar award for the second time during his athletic career and the first time during the indoor season. The award is given to the athlete who has the highest GPA, as McQuown holds a 4.0 GPA.
McQuown, a finance major, is in his third year at The Rock and his second season participating in multiple events in track and field. McQuown has won three events this season- all of them at Edinboro University. Earlier this season, McQuown won the heptathlon at the Mike Kowal Multi Meet as he recorded 4,739 points. He then went on to win at the Edinboro Last Chance event in two events: first in the 60-meter dash as he finished in 7.11 seconds, then in the pole vault with a 4.05 meter clearance.
McQuown said that his success in both the classroom and the track comes in by balancing the two together.
“I kind of use practice as an escape to take my mind off of all my homework and stuff,” McQuown said. “Just kind of not focusing on it for a couple hours a day really seems to help. Then with less time, because I’m at practice, it just keeps me even more accountable and I have to be more diligent when I do my work.”
Now making the change to outdoor, McQuown said he is working towards winning the honor again.