PHILADELPHIA - University of Pennsylvania senior Mike Hall and Villanova University senior Frances Koons have been named the 2007-08 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Male and Female Performers of the Year, respectively. The male and female performer of the year awards are voted on by the sports information offices of the 28 institutions from the Philadelphia metropolitan area.
Hall, who was also named the 2007-08 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Men’s Track Performer of the Year, turned in a stellar senior season both on the track and in the classroom. He was the runner-up at the 2008 Outdoor Heptagonal (Ivy League) Championships in the decathlon and placed fourth in the event at the Indoor Heptagonal Championships. He posted a personal best with 6,874 points in the Outdoor Heptagonal and owns the second-best indoor score in Quaker history. A graduate of Archmere Academy, the Avondale, Pa. native is a two-time Academic All-Ivy performer and graduated with a 3.92 cumulative grade point average as a dual major (chemistry/biology). He will attend the Penn Medical School in the fall.
Koons, who graduated with a 3.45 cumulative grade point average as a mathematics major, earned 2008 Most Outstanding Track Athlete at the annual BIG EAST Outdoor Championships and is a seven-time BIG EAST Champion. At the championships she claimed the titles in the 1,500 and 5,000. A four-time All-America, the Allentown, Pa. native earned Mid- Atlantic Region Cross Country Athlete of the Year accolades in 2006. In 2007, she was named the Mid-Atlantic Women’s Track Athlete of the Year as well as Most Outstanding Track Athlete at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships. Koons, who also qualified for the 2008 Olympic Trials at 1,500 meters, was also recognized in the spring as the 2007-08 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Women’s Track Performer of the Year.