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Headley Selected As USTFCCCA Division III Scholar Athlete of the Year; Two Others Earn All-Academic Honors

Headley Named USTFCCCA Division III Scholar Athlete of the Year; Two Others Earn All-Academic Honors New Orleans, La. - July 29, 2010 - Senior Steve Headley continued to earn national recognition, this time for his work in the classroom, as he was one of four student-athletes to be named a U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III Scholar Athlete of the Year. Tom Brognano and Matt Amendola joined Headley as members of the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team.

Scholar Athletes were determined from among those who earned All-Academic status and placed highest in individual events at the most recent NCAA Championships. Those who earn multiple individual championship titles rank higher in the tie-breaking process, and cumulative grade point average is weighed as the final tiebreaker to establish a winner. Separate awards were given to track athletes and field athletes and separately for the indoor and outdoor seasons, resulting in four categories.

Headley, a native of Wilbraham, Mass., was chosen as the Male Indoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year. This season, he was the national runner-up at 55 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March. During the outdoor season, Headley was the national champion in the 100-meter dash and was the national runner-up in the 200, as he was later named the USTFCCCA National Track Athlete of the Year. Headley, a senior history major this past semester, had a 3.34 cumulative grade point average.

Headley, Brognano, and Amendola were within a group of 202 student-athletes representing 74 institutions to be named to the Division III All-Academic Track & Field team. To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and have met either the NCAA Division I Indoor or Outdoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard in their respective event.

The trio each ran on Springfield's 4x100 relay that finished as the national runner-up in the NCAA Outdoor Championships. This marks the second-straight year that both Brognano and Amendola took home the all-academic team honors.

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