BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky University senior cross country / track and field student-athlete Ann Eason has been selected as one of the six individuals to receive the prestigious Ohio Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Award for 2014-15.
The award is the highest individual honor that can be earned by OVC student-athletes, and is given annually to three men and three women student-athletes of junior or senior status for their accomplishments in both the classroom and athletic arena, and because of their leadership qualities.
Eason has been named the OVC Female Cross Country Athlete of the Year and led the EKU women’s cross country team to the OVC title the last three seasons. The Lexington, Ky. native was also named the OVC Female Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year last spring after breaking the EKU 5,000 meters record (16:03.87) and winning the 5,000 and 1,500 meters at the OVC Outdoor Championships. As a sophomore in 2012, she was named a second team All-American after finishing ninth in the 5,000 meters (16:06.11) at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore.
In the classroom, Eason has earned a 3.96 grade point average in elementary education. She was voted a Capital One second team Academic All-American by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) last year. Eason has also been an OVC Medal of Honor recipient, a member of the OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll and Dean’s List and a Colonel Scholar. In addition, she is a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma National Honor Society.
A member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Eason has been a volunteer with the Pack the Track for Diabetes Awareness event, worked with the Penny Wars collection for the Ronald McDonald House Charities and helped raise money for the OVC Hoops For Heroes campaign.
Eason is the first EKU student-athlete to be named an OVC Scholar-Athlete Award winner since football offensive lineman Patrick Ford in 2011-12.
The other award winners were: Alison Alcott of Belmont (soccer), Jason Blum of Southeast Missouri (baseball), Cori Harris of SIUE (volleyball), J.J. Mann of Belmont (basketball) and Aleksas Tverijonas of Austin Peay (tennis).
The six winners were selected from a group of 22 finalists by a vote of OVC Faculty Athletics Representatives. Honorees must have performed athletically with distinction, earned at least a 3.25 grade point average and conducted themselves in a manner which has brought credit to the student-athlete, his or her institution, intercollegiate athletics and the OVC. The award is based on academic and athletic criteria/accomplishments achieved during the 2013-14 school year.
Eason and the rest of the EKU cross country teams will compete at the NCAA Southeast Region Championships on Friday at E.P. ‘Tom’ Sawyer Park in Louisville.