Sam Roecker Named 2012-13 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year




    Feb. 13, 2013

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -

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    Providence College senior cross country and track & field standout Sam Roecker (Charlton, N.Y.) has been named the 2012-13 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The selection was made by the Conference’s Academic Affairs Committee.

    Roecker will receive a $4,000 scholarship, which may be applied to graduate or professional studies. Roecker is Providence’s fifth BIG EAST Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year selection since the award was first given in 1985.

    Roecker helped Providence to a second-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championships in November as she finished 134th overall and fifth among Friar runners. She placed 30th overall to help Providence to the NCAA Northeast Regional title and was 24th at the BIG EAST Championships as the Friars took third in the team scoring. 

    A 2012 captain of the cross country team, Roecker led the Friars to three top-11 national finishes, a regional title and a regional runner-up showing in her career. She also has participated as a member of Providence’s indoor and outdoor track & field teams.

    Roecker holds a 3.6 grade-point average while pursuing degrees in biology and health policy management. She is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma – a national college athlete honor society – and Alpha Epsilon Delta, which is a pre-medical honor society. She is a four-time BIG EAST All-Academic Team selection.

    Roecker has contributed to a number of community service ventures, including volunteering at the Friends of the Poor road race sponsored by the St. Vincent DePaul Society as well as a number of athletics department-sponsored events. She has collected and distributed items for the Amos House, a Providence-based social services agency, and for Shoes4Souls, a charity organization that distributes shoes to people in need.


     

     

    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 2012-13 academic year. Thirty student-athletes (one male and one female from each of the BIG EAST’s 15 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.

    Roecker and Providence’s women’s indoor track and field will compete at the BIG EAST Championships on Sat. and Sun., Feb. 16-17 in Cleveland, Ohio.

    American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year

     

    Year        

    Name, School, Sport

    1985

    Leigh Curl, Connecticut, Basketball

    1986

    Joanne Keehs, Villanova, Track & Field

    1987

    Karen Ferreria, Providence, Volleyball

    1988

    Noreen Coughlin, Pittsburgh, Volleyball

    1989

    Vicki Huber, Villanova, Track & Field

    1990

    Siobhan Gallagher, Providence, Track & Field

    1991

    Cami White, Providence, Field Hockey

    1992

    Kelly Larkin, Syracuse, Field Hockey

    1993

    Nnenna Lynch, Villanova, Track & Field

    1994

    Allison Williams, Pittsburgh, Track & Field

    1995

    Becky Spies, Villanova, Cross Country/Track & Field

    1996

    Najuma Fletcher, Pittsburgh, Track & Field

    1997

    Jen Renola, Notre Dame, Soccer

    1998

    Charity Wachera, West Virginia, Track & Field

    1999

    Gladys Ganiel, Providence, Cross Country/Track & Field

    2000

    Jenny Streiffer, Notre Dame, Soccer

    2001

    Ruth Riley, Notre Dame, Basketball

    2002

    Jarrah Myers, Notre Dame, Softball

    2003

    Erin McIntyre, Rutgers, Swimming & Diving

    2004

    Vanessa Pruzinsky, Notre Dame, Soccer

    2005

    Nicole Lee, Georgetown, Cross Country/Track & Field

    2006

    Kelly Harrigan, Rutgers, Swimming & Diving

    2007

    Jessica Javelet, Louisville, Field Hockey

    2008

    Jillian Drouin, Syracuse, Track & Field

    2009

    Jennifer Kleinhans, Connecticut, Field Hockey

    2010

    Meagan Dooley, Pittsburgh, Volleyball

    2011

    Maya Moore, Connecticut, Basketball

    2012

    Natalie Kulla, Marquette, Soccer

    2013

    Sam Roecker, Providence, Cross Country/Track & Field

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