MAHWAH– Ramapo pole vaulter and NJAC Female Athlete of the Year Michelle Favre has earned the Scholar Athlete of the Year award for the 2013 NCAA Division III track & field season by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the association announced on July 23.
Favre is only the second woman to achieve this award in both the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons. Favre along with teammates, Alexis Appezzato and Teresa Kirkpatrick were also named to the All-Academic Team.
Favre graduated this past May holding a 3.969 grade point average and a degree in biology/physical therapy. Earlier this year, she was named to the CoSida Capital One Academic All-District First Team. Favre is a member of Ramapo’s Theoretical and Applied Science research honors program and the college’s pre-med club and biology club. She is also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key Honors Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, Chi Alpha Sigma Honors Society, and Golden Key International Honors Society. She was named to the Dean’s List all four years at Ramapo. Favre also earned USTFCCCA Academic All-American honors, and CoSida Academic All-American honors in 2011-2012. She earned the college’s biology award, Tri Beta Biology Honors Society honors, and has been named to the NJAC and Ramapo College Athletic Directors All-Academic Teams.
Favre is a two-time National Champion and a five-time All-American in the pole vault, winning the championship at the 2012-2013 NCAA DIII Indoor Track and Field Championships, and again at the outdoor championships this past May.
She is an eight-time letter winner, the Betty Logan Senior Female Athlete of the Year, 2012-2013, and the Ramapo College Career Award recipient, 2012-2013. She has been named team Most Valuable Runner in 2012-2013, USTFCCCA Regional Athlete of the Year – Indoor – 2012-2013, USTFCCCA Regional Athlete of the Year – Outdoor – 2013, and NJAIAW Woman of the Year – 2012-2013.
She was named New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) rookie athlete of the year in 2009-2012, field athlete of the year for indoor and outdoor track in 2011-2012, 2012-2013 and 2012 respectively. She won an individual NJAC Championship in the pole vault in 2009-2010, 2011, 2011-2012, 2012, 2012-2013, and 2013. She is a six-time NJAC 1st Team All-Conference recipient, and a two-time NJAC 2nd Team All-Conference recipient. She also led her team to the first NJAC Team Championship in the history of the program for indoor track and field in 2011-2012.
Favre became the first student-athlete in the history of Ramapo Athletics to be named NJAC Overall Athlete of the Year.
The Scholar Athlete of the Year Awards are determined from among those who earned All-Academic status and placed highest in individual events at the most recent NCAA Championships. Those who earn multiple individual championship titles rank higher in the tie-breaking process, and cumulative GPA is weighed as the final tiebreaker to establish a winner. Separate awards are given to track athletes and field athletes for the indoor and outdoor seasons, resulting in four categories.