Cincinnati Track & Field Standout Eric Finan Named 2011-12 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - University of Cincinnati cross country and track & field standout Eric Finan has been named the 2011-12 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The selection was made by the Conference's Academic Affairs Committee.
 
A graduate student from New Richmond, Ohio, Finan will receive a $4,000 scholarship, which may be applied to graduate or professional studies. The Conference also announced the male winners of the 2011-12 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Institutional Scholar-Athlete Scholarships. Each institutional winner receives $2,000 toward graduate studies. Finan is Cincinnati's first BIG EAST Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year selection.
 
Finan earned all-America status in both cross country and track & field during his career after he finished 10th in the 5,000-meter run at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and was 25th at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships. He was the 2011 BIG EAST cross country champion and was the runner-up at the 2011 NCAA Great Lakes Regional after winning that event in 2010 and won a BIG EAST title in the 5,000 at last year's outdoor track & field championship.
 
Finan holds school records in the indoor 3,000 and 5,000 events and is the outdoor record-holder in the 5,000 and 10,000. He finished as Cincinnati's top cross country finisher in every race since the start of the 2009 season.
 
Finan, who holds a 3.785 grade-point average in Cincinnati's master of business administration program, earned an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering with a 3.897 GPA. He was the recipient of Cincinnati's Legion of Excellence Award, as the student-athlete with the highest grade-point average on his team and was admitted to the College of Engineering's Accend program, a joint undergraduate and graduate program for the most academically qualified engineering majors.
 
Finan was the student president of Cincinnati's Athletes in Action program and served as vice-president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Sigma Sigma honorary fraternity and has been active with a number of community service efforts.
 
The American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is one of a number of scholarships presented by the BIG EAST Conference and American Eagle Outfitters during the 2011-12 academic year. Thirty-two student-athletes (one male and one female from each of the BIG EAST's 16 member institutions) will be named as the winners of the American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Institutional Scholar-Athlete Scholarships. The conference also names male and female American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Basketball Scholar-Athletes of the Year and an American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

 2011-12 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Institutional Male Scholar-Athlete Awards

School

Name

Sport(s)

Major

Cincinnati

Eric Finan

Cross Country/Track & Field

Master of Business Administration

DePaul

Matthew Graham

Cross Country

Political Science

Georgetown

Biyerem Okengwu

Track & Field

Government

Louisville

James Crick

Soccer

Human Performance

Marquette

Peter Bolgert

Cross Country

Physics and Math

Notre Dame

Adam Mena

Soccer

Psychology

Pittsburgh

Pierre-Antoine Meunier

Swimming & Diving

Rehabilitation Science

Providence

Julian Matthews

Cross Country

Economics

St. John's

Pablo Punyed

Soccer

English

Seton Hall

Dale Anderson

Baseball

Social and Behavioral Science

USF

Phillip Wise

Cross Country/Track & Field

Criminology

Syracuse

Patrick Dupont

Cross Country

Music Composition

Villanova

Matthew Gibney

Cross Country/Track & Field

English

West Virginia

Ruben Garrido

Soccer

Business Administration

 

 

American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Male Scholar-Athletes Of The Year

Year

Name, School, Sport

1985

Joey David, Pittsburgh, Basketball

1986

John Prior, Connecticut, Track & Field

1987

Harold Jensen, Villanova, Basketball

1988

Dave Echeverria, Villanova, Swimming & Diving

1989

Chris Craft, Villanova, Swimming & Diving

1990

Pat O'Kelly, Seton Hall, Soccer

1991

David Honor, St. John's, Baseball

1992

Steve Holman, Georgetown, Track & Field

1993

Hector Zamora, Seton Hall, Soccer

1994

Sebastien Goulet, Swimming, Syracuse

1995

Kevin Lyles, Seton Hall, Track & Field

1996

Gil Kovalski, Miami, Tennis

1997

Christian Fogarazzo, St. John's, Track & Field

1998

Errol Williams, Notre Dame, Track & Field

1999

Angelo Ciminiello, Providence, Baseball

2000

Scott VanEpps, Pittsburgh, Swimming & Diving

2001

Chris Hamblin, Boston College, Soccer

2002

Gregory Strohmann, Seton Hall, Soccer

2003

Casey Schmidt, Boston College, Soccer

2004

Chris Wingert, St. John's, Soccer

2005

Guy Melamed, Boston College, Soccer

2006

Trevor O'Grady, Rutgers, Track & Field

2007

Drew Eckman, Villanova, Track & Field

2008

Jeremy Stultz, Pittsburgh, Swimming & Diving

2009

Zak Boggs, USF, Soccer

2010

Francisco Aristeguieta, USF, Soccer

2011

Brian Karalunas, Villanova, Lacrosse

2012

Eric Finan, Cincinnati, Cross Country/Track & Field