Area residents Boyle, Gross earn college honors |

Area residents Boyle, Gross earn college honors

University of Puget Sound senior cross country standout Dana Boyle, a graduate of Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale, has earned a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

Boyle is the 2001 NCAA Division III Individual National Champion in cross-country. She will graduate from Puget Sound in May with a degree inInternational Political Economy and will also minor in three areas:Environmental Studies, Latin American Studies and Economics.

She intends to pursue graduate work in the field of Law.

The NCAA awards the postgraduate scholarships of $5,000 each to student-athletes with an overall grade-point average of no less than 3.200 (on a 4.000 scale) or its equivalent and who have performed with distinction as a member of a varsity team.

The student-athlete must have behaved, both on and off the field, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics. The student-athlete also must intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student.

Boyle has been outstanding both on the course and in the classroom at Puget Sound, as she boasts a 3.49 grade point average and established numerous school and course records in capturing the individual national title in 2001.

She was chosen the USTCA Athlete of the Year in cross country, and the USTCA West Region Athlete of the Year for indoor track.

In addition, she is a dean’s list student, a University Trustee Scholar, a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Council, and a Passages orientation leader.

“It is truly an honor to receive this scholarship as it recognizes both athletic and academic accomplishments,” said Boyle.

Brandon Gross just keeps going up.

Gross, the former state champion high jumper for Rifle High School, now a freshman at Garden City Community College in Kansas, finished second in the high jump at the National Junior College Track and Field Championships in Odessa, Texas.

The Rifle standout cleared 7 feet, 1/2 inch, at the NJCAA nationals to claim the silver medal.

Jamie Russell of Danville Area Community College in Illinois cleared 7-2 1/4 to win the event.

Todd Green of Rend Lake College (Ina, Ill.) and Ryan Weatherspoon of Central Arizona (Coolidge, Ariz.) both cleared 6-8 3/4 with Green taking third on fewer overall misses.

Barton County of Kansas (Great Bend) won the NJCAA national titles in both the men’s and women’s divisions.

Just two weeks ago, Gross won the regional championship in the Kansas Junior College Championships in Coffeyville.

After a slow start in his first collegiate track season, Gross climbed back up the ladder to end his freshman year with a regional title and a silver medal from the National Junior College Track Championships.

Gross, a two-time Regional champion in high school as well as the 2000 state champion, also was the only prep high jumper to clear 7-0 in his senior season.

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