Quaker trio named Academic All-OAC

Carroll receives top honor

May 23, 2012

Shown, from left, are Academic All-OAC honorees Pat Carroll, Nate Godby and Graham Morgan.

Shown, from left, are Academic All-OAC honorees Pat Carroll, Nate Godby and Graham Morgan.


AUSTINTOWN — Senior Pat Carroll heads up Wilmington College’s contingent to the Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference Cross Country/Track and Field Team, the league office announced today.

Carroll was an Academic All-OAC selection while sophomores Nate Godby and Graham Morgan were honorable mention picks.

The academic award winners are selected by OAC faculty representatives. To be eligible for Academic All-OAC, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average, be a starter or key reserve and be in at least his second year of participation in the sport.

Carroll (Cincinnati/Purcell Marian) caps a memorable senior season and career with the conference’s top honor. The senior — who was Wilmington’s Clyde Lamb Award winner — maintained a 3.75 GPA as a political science/international studies major. Carroll was an Academic All-OAC Honorable Mention pick in 2011. He owns five team track records and is Wilmington’s cross country record holder.

“This is just another notch on a successful belt buckle,” Wilmington head coach Ron Combs. “In the 16 years I have coached at Wilmington, I don’t think I have ever seen someone have a stronger year than he had. He just put it all together, as a student and an athlete.”

Godby (Goshen) carries a 4.0 GPA as a chemistry/education major. On the track, he was a 400-meter dash qualifier for the OAC Outdoor Championship.

“Nate kind of flies under the radar, but he is rock solid,” Combs said. “He is a valuable member of our relay teams because he gets the work done. He is the kind of guy you can count on.”

Morgan (Lebanon) is a sport management major with a 4.0 GPA. He finished fourth in the pole vault in the OAC Outdoor Championship and cleared a collegiate-best 15-2 ¾ in the season-ending Gregory Invitational.

“Graham is a really smart kid who thinks out of the box,” Combs said. “I like the presence he brings to the team, both as an athlete and a student.”