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Electrical Engineering Earns Co-Horizon League Fall Scholar-Athlete Of The Year

January 12, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS (1/12/2016) -- University of Detroit Mercy Electrical Engineering sophomore cross country runner Ben Kendell (Huntington Woods, Mich. / Shrine (International School of Turin) has achieved numerous awards and accolades for his sport and academics and Tuesday he was named co-Horizon League Fall Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Ben Kendell
It is the first time in Horizon League history that the organization is doing a fall scholar athlete of the season.
"Ben has been the epitome of student-athlete since his arrival on campus," said Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Guy Murray '89. "He pushes himself to be the best and has balanced the demands of high level running with a challenging engineering program as good as anyone."
He holds a perfect 4.0 GPA in Electrical Engineering and is a two-time member of the Detroit Athletic Director's Honor Roll. He will also be a member of the Horizon League Fall Academic Roll when it is released.
Kendell had a sensational year out on the course setting career records in the 6k, 8k and 10k. He was also First Team All-Horizon League for the second-straight year as he claimed second at the Horizon League Championship in 24:41, tied for the second fastest 8k run ever by a Titan.
He then took 19 seconds off his career 10k time placing 35th in 31:43 at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship to lead all HL runners. The run was also good for sixth in the Titan record books, while his 35th-place effort is the second highest finish in school history.
On the year, he was in the top 10 in five of his six races, including two runner-up efforts and four top-five finishes.
He claimed 10th at the National Catholic Championship, the highest for a Titan at Notre Dame since 2005, while his 25:23 was the best Titan time on the course since 2001. At the Greater Louisville Classic, his time of 24:46 was a school record on that course, breaking the old time by six seconds.
Kendell is now preparing for the track season as the Titans will be at Grand Valley State on Friday.
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