Tuesday, July 13, 2010
MORAVIAN’S IAN BOX & RACHEL RIGGS SELECTED AS LANDMARK CONFERENCE SENIOR SCHOLAR-ATHLETES
MADISON, N.J. --- Moravian College seniors Ian Box (Charlestown, Mass./The Rivers School) and Rachel Riggs (Gettysburg, Pa./Gettysburg HS) have been selected as Landmark Conference Senior Scholar-Athletes for their respective spring sports of men’s tennis and women’s outdoor track & field.
A committee of Landmark Conference officers, athletics directors and sports information directors selected the recipients, choosing one senior from each of the sports sponsored by the conference. The honorees must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 and are selected based on their accomplishments in all areas of college life including athletics, academics and other extracurricular activities. It is the most exclusive award given out by the conference with just 20 honorees for each academic year. Moravian has had eight student-athletes honored in the three years that the Landmark Conference has existed.
The other 2010 Landmark Spring Senior Scholar Athletes are: Baseball: Justin Champagne, The University of Scranton, Men’s Lacrosse: Brad Mendelson, Drew University; Women’s Lacrosse: Elizabeth Law, Drew University; Softball: Kelli Holota, Susquehanna University; Women’s Tennis: Jessi Haas, Susquehanna University; and Men’s Outdoor Track & Field: Matthew Bailey, Juniata College.
Box ranks as one of the most decorated men’s tennis players in Moravian history as well as the brief history of the Landmark. He was the Landmark Player of the Year as a sophomore and was a first-team All-Conference choice as a singles player three times, as well as earning All-Conference recognition three seasons in doubles. He had a career singles record of 43-27 while helping Moravian to three-straight Landmark postseason appearances, including the programs first conference championship berth in 2009. A three-time Dean’s List honoree as a biology major he was also a three-time selection to the Landmark Spring All-Academic Team. Box also was the Vice President of the Moravian club ice hockey team.
Riggs was a consistently strong performer for the Moravian track & field teams that won three Landmark outdoor and indoor Championships. She earned All-America honors in her senior season as part of Moravian’s 4x100 relay team, which came after she earned first-team All-Conference honors in the same event. She won the triple jump at the 2009 Landmark Outdoor Championships, and for her career had eight individual top-5 finishes at the Landmark Championship meet. She is a six-time member of the Landmark Academic Honor Roll while earning her degree in elementary education and psychology. Riggs earned Dean’s List honors three times and was a member of the Moravian Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
In its third season, the Landmark sent 16 teams to NCAA Tournaments and had a total of 20 athletes qualify for NCAA Championships in cross country, swimming & diving, and indoor and outdoor track & field. In addition, three Landmark athletes were chosen as ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans, and 14 were picked for ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors during the past year.