NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Philadelphia University cross country runner Curran Kneebone (Saylorsburg, Pa./Pleasant Valley) is the recipient of the 2014-15 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. The announcement was made by the CACC office Thursday afternoon.
As the CACC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award winner, Kneebone is eligible for the NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners Association Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.
Kneebone earned the 2014 CACC Runner of the Year Award after coming in first with a 5-mile time of 27:16.2 at the CACC Championship on Nov. 2. He is the first Philadelphia University male runner to be named the CACC Runner of the Year since 2006. It was Kneebone's first collegiate victory. At the NCAA Division II East Region Championship on Nov. 22, Kneebone was Philadelphia's fastest runner with a 34th-place finish.
Kneebone also posted a third-place finish at the Wilmington University Cross Country Invitational and the Philadelphia Metropolitan Championship, and a fourth at the Jack Saint Clair Memorial Championship.
A mechanical engineering major sporting a 3.98 grade-point average, Kneebone became the University's first male runner in 25 years to earn Academic All-America recognition with his selection to the 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-America Division II Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Second Team in June. He also earned a place on the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II Men's Cross Country All-Academic Team and the CACC Fall All-Academic Team, and was tabbed the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Men's Cross Country Performer of the Year.
In his two years at Philadelphia University, Kneebone, who transferred from West Chester University, earned All-CACC recognition twice. He was named to the USTFCCCA Division II Men's Cross Country All-Academic Team in 2012, 2013 and 2014.