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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (suathletics.com) — Orange cross country redshirt junior Reed Kamyszek received the Elite 89 Award at the pre-NCAA Championship banquet on Thursday night in Terre Haute, Ind. Kamyszek received the award for being the best student-athlete in this year's field of runners, maintaining the highest cumulative grade point average of any participant in the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Cross Country Championship.
Kamyszek is currently a triple major in biochemistry, ethics and psychology as an academic senior at Syracuse University. Last spring he was named to the 2012-13 CoSIDA Academic All-District and Academic All-America Third Team.
The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships.
Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.
Kamyszek is the fourth Syracuse student-athlete and the second cross country athlete to receive the award. Last spring Kevin Rice of the men's lacrosse team was presented with the honor, joining 2009 recipient Jeff Scull (cross country) and 2012 winner Heather Wentz (women's lacrosse).