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National Student-Athlete Day Award Winner #1

Jesse Drinks has been named National Student-Athlete Day Award Winner #1

April 8, 2013

STORRS, Conn. - In honor of National Student Athlete Day, the Counseling Program for Intercollegiate Athletes is pleased to recognize Jesse Drinks of the men's track and field program for his distinguished career both in the classroom and on the track. Jesse, a senior from Ossinging, New York is set to graduate with a bachelor's degree in sociology.

Four years ago as a freshman Jesse's name probably would not have been the first to come to mind when thinking about a top student in the men's track and field program. After struggling as a freshman Jesse dedicated himself to his academic development and has evolved into a model student athlete. In each of the last three semesters Jesse has earned a new career high GPA.

Jesse's teammates and peers have recognized his transition by choosing him to not only lead the team's independent study hall the past two years but also voting him a captain for the 2013 outdoor season.

Greg Roy, head coach of the men's track and field program notes that Jesse's athletic development mirrored his academic development. "The academic and athletic potential was always there and once Jesse the student started to develop Jesse the athlete really started to shine," said Roy.

Jesse is the UConn school record holder in the 100m dash and runs the anchor leg of the record breaking 4x100m relay team. He is a 6 time all BIG EAST honoree and an NCAA qualifier in the 100m. This spring if all goes according to plan Jesse will be recognized by the BIG EAST for something more important than his speed, he is set to earn his first BIG EAST All-Academic Team, an honor well deserved.