Dec. 7, 2016 UDM - Kendell Repeats As Horizon League Fall Scholar Athlete Leave a Comment
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INDIANAPOLIS (12/7/2016) -- Junior Ben Kendell had to share the award last year, but in 2016, he will have the prize all to himself as the University of Detroit Mercy men's cross country harrier was named the Horizon League Fall Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
The third-year runner just finished one of the best cross country seasons in school history and holds a 3.987 GPA in Electrical Engineering.
He was the 2015 Horizon League Co-Fall Scholar-Athlete of the Year and is also a two-time member of the Detroit Mercy Athletic Director's Honor Roll as well as a two-time member of the HL Cross Country All-Academic Team.
Just this past season, he led the Titans in all six of the events he took part in and posted a pair of wins and runner-up finishes and was in the top 10 in five races.
Kendell earned All-Horizon League First Team honors for the third-straight year as he was runner-up for the second-straight season, and is now the first Titan to post three top-five finishes at the Horizon League meet.
He would end the year taking 35th at the 10k NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship in a career-low 31:26, giving him three top-100 finishes in his career at the GLR, just the fourth Titan in school history to accomplish that.
Kendell was just the third Titan in school history to win the Running Fit-Detroit Titan Invitational when he tied his then career low with a time of 20:24, the second fastest time at Cass Benton Park in school history. He would later win the Canisius Alumni Classic in 24:27, becoming just the sixth runner in school history to tally multiple race victories in a single season.
During the year, he also set the Titans all-time 8k mark crossing the finish line in 24:15 for 10th at the Greater Louisville Classic.
In his career, he now has 14 top-10 efforts, including in 10 of his last 12 races.
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