Lauryn Falcone Named SSC Scholar Athlete of the Year

Senior cross country runner Lauryn Falcone has been chosen as the 2012-13 Sunshine State Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

(Photo by Jim Hogue) (Photo by Jim Hogue) Senior cross country runner Lauryn Falcone has been chosen as the 2012-13 Sunshine State Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Falcone was chosen for the award in a vote conducted among athletic directors, senior woman administrators, athletics communications directors, and faculty athletics representatives from the SSC’s nine member institutions.  Criteria considered in selecting the winner were:  first, scholarly excellence (3.7 GPA minimum); second, athletic prominence; and finally, involvement within the school and community.

In her senior season, Falcone became the first Rollins student-athlete to be named Sunshine State Conference Runner of the Year.  A five-time SSC Women’s Runner of the Week in 2012, she finished third at the SSC Championship.  She also crossed the finish line in fourth place at the NCAA Division II South Region Championship, becoming the first runner in school history to qualify for the NCAA DII Championship.

All told, Falcone logged seven top-10 finishes in 11 events in her final campaign at Rollins.  Falcone’s most impressive achievements, however, came in the classroom.

A Biology/pre-med major, she registered a perfect 4.00 grade point average.  The native of Somers, Conn., received the Elite 89 Award at the Division II Cross Championship.  The award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA championships.

A valedictorian of her graduating class at Rollins College, Falcone is an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient.  She will be attending the West Virginia University School of Medicine to pursue dual MD/PhD degrees on a full scholarship.

In late May, Falcone was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Track and Cross Country Team.  The Academic All-America Team is set to be announced later this month.

Falcone served on the Executive Board of J.U.M.P. (Join Us in Making Progress) and traveled to Ghana on a Rollins service learning trip.

She is the third Rollins student-athlete to be recognized as Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.  Previous winners were golfer Charlotte Campbell (2003-04) and basketball player Jill Razor (2000-01).