Philadelphia Former University of Pennsylvania student-athletes Josh Appell, C’05, and Katy Cross, C’05, were recognized for their achievements in the classroom as each received the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Robbins Scholar-Athlete Institutional Award.
Sponsored by Robbins Sports Surfaces, the Cincinnati-based sports surfaces company, the awards honor the outstanding academic and athletics achievements of student-athletes representing ECAC schools in Divisions I, II and III. One male and one female athlete from each division have been selected by their institutions.
Cross left an indelible mark on the Penn women’s soccer program leaving as one of the most decorated women’s soccer student-athletes, excelling both on and off the playing field. On the field, she holds eight different Penn scoring records, is a four-time first-team All-Ivy selection and is the program’s first All-American. The Claremont, Calif. native also was presented with the University’s Fathers Award at the 2005 Commencement. For her efforts in the classroom, Cross earned two distinguished honors. She was named the 2004 ESPN Academic All-American of the Year and received an NCAA Postgraduate scholarship. She became the first student-athlete at Penn to receive the Academic All-American of the Year distinction as well as the third Ivy League student-athlete and the first female in Ancient Eight history. She is also a two-time Academic All-American. As for the postgraduate scholarship, she was one of only 56 student-athletes across the nation, who participated in fall sports, to earn the award and is the fourth Penn student in the last three years to win the scholarship.
Appell was a two-sport standout for the Red and Blue suiting up for both the football and baseball teams. On the football field, Appell led the Ivy League in punting the entire season en route to a first-team All-Ivy League selection and finished 2004 with a 40.9 yards per punt average. Appell recorded only two games this season with an average under 40 yards, pinned the opponent inside the 20-yard line 17 times and had punts in excess of 50 yards or more 12 times. The Woodmere, N.Y. native was named to the Jewish Sports Review 2004 College Football All-American Team, one of only nine student-athlete football players from Division I-AA to receive the distinguished honor. On the baseball diamond, Appell served as a pitcher, leading the team with 46 strikeouts. He earned Ivy League Pitcher of the Week honors with his 13-strike out performance against Columbia on March 25.
Cross and Appell are now eligible to be honored at the ECAC Convention Honors Dinner presented by Jostens on Sunday, September 25. Three committees comprised of athletics administrators will select two award winners in each division to be honored. The selections are based on extraordinary achievements in academics, athletics and community service.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant