Coastal Carolina mens track and field athlete Keith Garramone (Nolensville, Tenn./Brentwood) is one of five student-athletes in the Big South Conference to be honored with the prestigious Christenberry Award, the conference office announced today (August 9).
The award is given to one male student-athlete and one femaie student-athlete who attain the highest grade-point-average during their college careers and are graduates of a member institution during the past year. There was a four-way tie on the mens side from the 2003-04 academic year.
"I am continually impressed with the quality of the individuals that are student-athletes in the Big South Conference," stated Big South Commissioner Kyle B. Kallander. "But to have this many receive our highest academic award is an unbelievable achievement! We are extremely proud of their accomplishments."
Garramone, a Second Team Academic All-American in 2004, ended his career ranked third on Coastals all-time 110-meter hurdles (16.12) and decathlon (6,153 pts) lists. The accounting major recently earned the 2003-04 CCU Faculty Distinguished Excellence Award. This year Garramone was named Mens Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year for all sports at Coastal, and won the National Collegiate Business Award last fall and the Financial Executives International Academic Award in the spring of 2003. Last season, Garramone was named the 2003 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He graduated with a 4.0 cumulative GPA.
Garramone joins Laura Terebey of Radford University, Jeremy Graves and Mat Persson of Liberty University and Jeff Kolhagen of Charleston Southern University as Christenberry Award winners.
The League honor is named for George A. Christenberry, the former President of Augusta College (now Augusta State University). A member of the Big South Hall of Fame, Christenberry helped found the Big South and served as its first President.