The Southland Conference has named Texas A&M-Corpus Christi senior Anne Ronoh cross country Student-Athlete of the Year. She is the first Islander to receive the award and joins UTSA's Dana Mecke (2008) and Lamar's Clerc Koenck (2007) as the only Southland women cross country runners to be named athlete of the year and student-athlete of the year.

Ronoh, who won the individual title during the Southland Championships at West Guth in October, helped the Islanders to their third straight title. She also qualified for the National meet this year with a sixth place finish at regionals. She is the only female runner in Islander history to qualify for the NCAA championships, doing so in two consecutive seasons.

Outside the field of competition Ronoh is working towards her degree in nursing, doing so with a 3.47 grade point average.

"It's a credit to Anne that she is talented in both the classroom and on the course, we are fortunate to have her, I'm pleased that she is being honored this way for all the hard work she puts in." said cross country head coach Shawn Flanagan.

The Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 12 member schools, voted for the student-athletes of the year. The student-athlete of the year award is presented to the one student-athlete who achieves excellence in both academics and athletics. All nominees shall have earned at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and demonstrated athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution.

Included in Capital One Bank's support of the Southland Conference's Academic Awards Program is the F.L. McDonald Postgraduate Scholarship, the All-Academic Teams, the Student-Athlete of the Year, the Scholar-Athlete Award and the Commissioner's Honor Roll.