UK runner Oswald named SEC's Scholar-Athlete of the Year

April 5, 2013 

University of Kentucky distance runner Chelsea Oswald was named the women's winner of the 2012-13 Southeastern Conference H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year award on Friday.

Alabama Football player Barrett Jones was the men's recipient.

The honorees were chosen by a committee of faculty athletics representatives from SEC universities. Each will receive a $15,000 post-graduate scholarship, provided by AT&T, an SEC Corporate Champion sponsor, and the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Oswald is only the second UK athlete to win the award since it was first presented in 1986. Football player Jeff Zurcher won in 1999.

"I am extremely grateful for the recognition of this award because I am sure that every other nominee was as capable of winning," Oswald said in a UK news release. "This award recognizes not only my achievements, but also all the great people who have helped me along the way. I truly would not have been able to do this without the help of the whole University of Kentucky including my coaches, teammates and family."

Oswald earlier won the 2013 NCAA Elite 89 Award for NCAA Indoor Track and Field, which is awarded to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each NCAA Championship.

"I couldn't be prouder of the year Chelsea has had so far," UK track and field and cross country head coach Edrick Floreal said. "The best is still yet to come. These sorts of awards are the byproduct of early-morning workouts and late-night study sessions.

"She is the model for what we want to instill from every member of our team."

Oswald is expected to graduate with a bachelor of science degree in biology in May 2013 and a bachelor of science in psychology in June 2014. Oswald holds a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

She has been a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, the Athletics Director's Honor Roll and the Dean's List each semester of her collegiate career. She is an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship recipient as well as a nominee for the 2013 NCAA Walter Byers Scholarship.

In 2012, Oswald was named an All-American by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. She was named first-team All-SEC after a third-place finish at the 2012 SEC Cross Country Championships.

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