First at the Academic Finish Line

Lehigh men’s track and field senior Ryan Knouse and junior Benjamin Beauchamp have been named to the Academic All-Patriot League team.

The Academic All-Patriot League teams are voted on by the league’s sports information directors. To be eligible for the Academic All-Patriot League team or the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must achieve at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key contributor in their sport.

Knouse, a finance major and native of Perkasie, Pennsylvania, posted a 3.94 GPA throughout his four years at Lehigh. He made the Dean’s List, earning at least a 3.6 GPA every semester, while also landing on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll every year. Knouse finished fifth in the 10,000-meter race at the outdoor Patriot League Championships with a time of 31:55.78. He also ran the 5,000-meter race at the league championship meet and placed tenth. This is the first Academic All-League honor of his career.

Beauchamp, a native of Spencer, New York, holds a 3.74 GPA as an electrical engineering major. He was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team in 2012-13 and was also a 2013 Academic All-Patriot League representative. Beauchamp earned second-team All-Patriot League status at this season’s outdoor championship meet after finishing second in the discus throw with a launch of 50.07 meters. He also competed in the hammer throw and placed 11th.