MEQUON, Wis. – Alex Pawlak had one of the most memorable careers in Concordia University Wisconsin Track & Field history this past season and he completed his résumé by being named All-Academic by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association
Looking back at Pawlak's senior season, the senior hurdler did not just own the competition in the 55-, 60-, 110- and 400-meter hurdles during the indoor and outdoor seasons, he conquered his opponents to the tune of nine first place medals.
It was not shocking to see the Colgate, Wis., native placing in an event, or setting a school or Northern Athletics Conference record each weekend. In the end, Pawlak finished his career with school and NAC records in the 60-meter high hurdles (8.35), 110-meter hurdles (14.61) and 400-meter hurdles (53.29).
The exercise physiology student-athlete had many memorable moments this past season, including his performances at the NAC Outdoor Championships, which earned him Track Athlete of the Meet honors after winning the 110- and 400-meter hurdles, as well as being part of the 4x100 and 4x400 relay winning teams.
Pawlak's trip to the NCAA Championships was not as easy as you might think. The senior waited until the last possible meet to qualify and ran his best races of the season at the North Central College Gregory Final Qualifier, less than a week before the NCAAs. He set a school and NAC record in the 110- and 400-meter hurdles with times of 14.61 and 53.29 seconds, respectively.
While his first trip to the NCAA Championships did not turn out as he wanted, placing 15th (400-meter hurdles) and 18th (110-meter hurdles), his career will be remember for years.
The USTFCCA named 226 student-athletes from 84 institutions. Pawlak was just one of two Northern Athletics Conference track & field student-athletes to earn the honor.
In the past, CUW's Brock Solveson was named USTFCCA Outdoor Track & Field Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2009 and 2010.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All‐Academic Track and Field Team, the student‐athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and have met either of the following athletic standards: a student‐athlete must have competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship or finished the regular season ranked in the national top 35 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 25 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org.