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Massachusetts MacLean, Saint Joseph's Savage Win Atlantic 10 Scholar-Athlete Award

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va.— The Atlantic 10 Conference has named Massachusetts  and Saint Joseph’s track and field standouts Heather MacLean and Dan Savage its women’s and men’s Scholar-Athletes of the Year.


Voted on by the league’s Directors of Athletics, the award is given to a male and a female student-athlete, based on their athletic success and academic prowess.


It is the seventh time Massachusetts has won the Scholar-Athlete award and the sixth time a Saint Joseph’s student-athlete has won. Savage is the seventh men’s track and field athlete in league history to claim the award, and MacLean is the fifth women’s Track and Field athlete to win the award.


Savage, SJU's 2017 Most Valuable Cross Country Performer, finished as the Hawks' top runner in all six of his races. He turned in a seventh-place finish at the 2017 Atlantic 10 Championship to lead SJU to a second-place finish and earn All-Conference and All-East honors. A Glenolder, Pa., product, he opened his final outdoor campaign with a trio of top-ten performances in both the 3000m steeplechase and 4x1500m relay. Savage graduated from Saint Joseph's in May 2017 with a dual degree in finance and risk management and insurance and is currently working toward his MBA in business administration at SJU.


MacLean, an education major, capped her collegiate career by collecting her third career All-America accolade after reaching the NCAA semifinals outdoors in the 800m run. An NCAA Woman of the Year Top 30 finalist, she won two gold medals and set a meet record, earning Most Outstanding Track Performer honors at the 2018 A-10 Outdoor Championships. The Peabody, Mass., native became the first UMass women's cross country All-American after finishing 26th at the NCAA Championships. She also won her second straight Atlantic 10 individual cross country title. She was one of 10 seniors honored as 21st Century Leaders at UMass' undergraduate commencement in 2017.

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