PHILADELPHIA - Rising senior and 2015 national champion Sam Mattis wasnamed the male Outdoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Friday.
Mattisis the first man from the Ivy League to earn the association's top national academic honor. Teammates Noah Kennedy-White and Tom Pitt were also named to the 2015 USTFCCCA All-Academic team.
A native of East Brunswick, N.J., Mattis won the national title in the discus with a school record toss of 62.48 meters (205 feet). He was named first-team All-America for the second straight year and also clinched his third straight Heptagonal championship with a meet record throw in the event. Mattis holds a 3.43 GPA in Wharton and has racked up three career USTFCCCA all-academic awards, two Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area honors and was named Academic All-Ivy in 2014.
Kennedy-White finished with honorable mention All-America honors in the discus, while Pitt capped an All-Ivy season with an NCAA appearance in the high jump.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and competed in the NCAA Championships.