LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- In an announcement made today from conference headquarters, Texas Lutheran University's Jalen Starks was named the 2020 SCAC Men's Track & Field Elite 19 award winner.
Starks, a sophomore from San Antonio, Texas, currently holds a 3.808 GPA as a Communications major and is a two-time All-SCAC honoree. At the 2019 SCAC Track & Field Championship, Starks helped lead the Bulldogs to their third-straight SCAC Men's Track title after finishing second in the shot put (14.54m) and taking home third in the hammer throw (41.27m) - earning All-SCAC honors in both events.
Due to the cancelation of the 2020 spring season, the criteria for the SCAC Elite 19 honor was modified. Awarded to the student-athlete who has completed the equivalent of at least 60 credit hours at his or her current institution and has at least a cumulative 3.25 GPA - for this spring only - a All-SCAC honor at any point of the student-athlete's career was enough to satisfy the all-conference requirement. Normally, the student-athlete must have earned All-SCAC honors in his/her sport for that particular season.
The SCAC Elite 19 award was established prior to the 2018-19 academic year and is meant to recognize the best of the best within each conference sponsored-sport as it relates to both academic and athletic achievement.
SCAC Elite 19 Men's Track & Field Award Winners
2020 - Jalen Starks, Texas Lutheran University
2019 - Blair Walker, Trinity University