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Patton recipient of NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Greg Patton received the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for his excellence both in track and in the class room.

Greg Patton (Bloomington HS, Bloomington, Ill.) recently graduated from Augustana, but the accomplished sprinter continues to pull in honors as a result of his combination athletic and academic excellence. He was recently named the winner of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for spring sports.

Patton was one of just 29 male athletes across all divisions to be awarded the postgraduate scholarship by the NCAA. The $7,500-dollar grant is awarded by the NCAA to "student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition."  

Patton excelled both physically on the track and academically in the classroom during his four years at Augustana, which began in the fall of 2009. He is the 27th student-athlete in Augustana history to earn an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.  

Less than three weeks ago he was named to the Capital One Academic All-America team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. He was a first team selection on that prestigious team and was joined by teammate Jonathan Smith (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.), a second team selection. Josh Eisenberg (Richmond-Burton HS, Spring Grove, Ill.) and Dave Voland (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.) were named to the third team. These selections increase Augustana's number of Academic All-America selections to 146, which is sixth in the nation, regardless of division.  

Patton had an impressive track career, both indoors and outdoors. In his senior year, Patton was the 400-meter conference champion in the indoor and outdoor meets. Patton also was a part of the 4X400 team that took second place in the national outdoor meet this year. For his career, Patton was a six-time All-American and a nine-time CCIW champion. He is also a member of three relay teams that set school records: the outdoor 4X100 (:40.88), the outdoor 4X400 (3:09.48) and the indoor 4X400 (3:16.88).  

The son of Eunice and Greg Patton of Bloomington, Illinois, he graduated with a degree accounting and political science and had a 3.56 grade point average. Patton also minored in geography while attending Augustana.  

Release written by student assistant Leo Anderson              

2012-13 NCAA POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

NAME SPORT SCHOOL
Nathan Anderson Golf North Dakota State
Brett Austin Track & Field Western Kentucky
Bjorn Barrefors Track & Field Nebraska-Lincoln
Shane Basen Baseball North Carolina-Charlotte
Kevin Caulfield Tennis Haverford
Lucas Cherry Track & Field Southern Illinois-Carbondale
Austin Cook Golf Arkansas-Fayetteville
Justin Creel Baseball Coastal Carolina
Benjamin Depo Track & Field Plattsburgh State
Brian Himelright Track & Field North Carolina State
Phillip Imholte Baseball St. Cloud State
Max Lang Track & Field Florida
Troy Larson Baseball Minnesota-Twin Cities
Eric Law Lacrosse Denver
Matthew Martin Track & Field Ohio Wesleyan
Thomas McCarthy Baseball Kentucky
Timothy McGurrin Tennis Scranton
Robert Page Track & Field Boston
Demetrios Pagonis Track & Field Davidson
Greg Patton Track & Field Augustana
Mike Pelletier Volleyball Springfield
Parker Petty Track & Field Abilene Christian
Mark Quaranta Baseball Mount St. Mary's
Thomas Rouse Volleyball Ball State
Anthony Sherbakov Tennis California-Davis
John Straka Baseball North Dakota State
Matthias Treff Track & Field Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Victor Valente Tennis Georgia State
Dawson Vorderbreugge Track & Field California State-Stanislaus

  AUGUSTANA ATHLETES WHO HAVE EARNED NCAA POST GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS

YEAR ATHLETE SPORT
1968 Jeff Maurus Football
1970 Tim Dodge Wrestling
1971 Ken Anderson Football
1975 Bruce Hamming Basketball
1976 John Stanek Men's Track & Field
1977 Joe Thompson Football
1986 Steve Sanders Football
1995 Rachel Knapp Women's Track & Field
1995 Tommy King Football
1996 Ryan Carpenter Football
1998 Alison Wolak Women's Track & Field
1998 Chris Meskan Football
2000 Mackenzie Hay Football
2001 Kim Baier Women's Track & Field
2002 Rudy Kovachevich Men's Cross Country
2003 Todd Baldwin Football
2004 Manda Geerts Women's Track & Field
2005 Steve Broski Baseball
2006 Nick Johnson Men's Track & Field
2007 Meghan Voiland Women's Track & Field
2007 Samantha Knox Softball
2009 Keli Coleman Women's Track & Field
2009 John Wagle Baseball
2009 Blaine Westemeyer Football
2010 Max Petersen Men's Track & Field
2012 Matt Bowman Men's Track & Field
2013 Greg Patton Men's Track & Field
2013 Sarahbeth Jones Women's Track & Field