BRISTOL, Tenn. – Kendra Sokol has been selected as the Conference Carolinas Women's Cross Country Academic Athlete of the Year for the 2013 season. Sokol had a stellar senior season for the Tornado, helping lead King to their second consecutive Conference Carolinas title.
At the Conference Carolinas Championship, Sokol finished sixth with a personal record time of 18:47.15 over the 5k distance. Her time was also the seventh fastest time in school history. In addition, the senior holds three of King's top-15 5k times and six of King's top-15 6k times. Sokol was named to both the Conference Carolinas all-conference, and all-academic teams this season. Throughout her academic career, Sokol has carried a 3.84 grade-point average.
The Academic Athlete of the Year is awarded to one conference athlete per sport. Each school submits candidates that are the best of the best for the conference from their sport while meeting certain qualifications for nomination. The qualifications include being a junior or senior student-athlete with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale in all work completed at their member institution that have played in a conference sponsored sport. The GPA is calculated based on the student-athletes cumulative average through the previous semester and each student-athlete must have attended their member institution for at least one academic year. Additionally, in order to qualify for the award the student-athlete must be a current member of the All-Conference Carolinas First, Second, or Third Team that were recently selected by head coaches from conference member institutions that nominate and then vote upon award winners.