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SEC Names Cross Country Scholar-Athletes of the Year

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SEC Staff
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Oct. 27, 2021)-----Nick Laning of Vanderbilt University and Mercy Chelangat of the University of Alabama have been named the SEC Cross Country Scholar-Athletes of the Year by a vote of the league's head coaches.

Laning, a senior from Barrington, Ill., has a 3.979 grade point average and is pursuing a degree in civil engineering with a minor in computer science. He was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American and garnered 2020 USTFCCCA All-Academic honors. Recently, Laning presented research project that sought to provide alternatives for flood mitigation not typically employed to reduce the need for disaster response and assist in transportation planning during extreme flood conditions. He has a pair of top-10 finishes this season.

Chelangat, a junior from Kericho, Kenya, holds a 3.87 grade point average and is pursuing a degree in public health. She is the defending SEC and NCAA Cross Country champion and has been voted a CoSIDA Academic All-American. She was named the 2020-21 USTFCCCA National Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Chelangat won the Joe Piane Invitational champion earlier this year.

The SEC Cross Country Championships will take place Friday in Columbia, Mo.

2021 SEC Cross Country Scholar-Athletes of the Year

Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Nick Laning, Vanderbilt

Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Mercy Chelangat, Alabama