Alfred State College sophomores Alex Farrell (N. Tonawanda) and Taylor Nelson (Somers) have been named SUNY Chancellor's Scholar Athlete award winners. Farrell is the NJCAA cross country representative while Nelson represents wrestling.
The SUNY Chancellor's Scholar Athlete award recognizes students that display excellence academically and athletically. 74 SUNY athletes from Division I, Division III, and NJCAA were honored. The average GPA of the reciepients was a 3.64.
Farrell has been a two-year member of the cross country and track & field teams. He earned honorable mention All-American honors in cross country and was a member of two teams that finished as NJCAA National runner-ups. On the track & field team, Farrell will compete at the NJCAA National Championshps in a trio of events (800, 1500, 4 x 800). Farrell has a 3.84 GPA in architectural technology.
Nelson wrestled the past two seasons for Alfred State. During his two years, he qualified for the NJCAA National Championships twice and earned a 22-22 career record. He was the Region III Champion in 2010 and the Region III runner-up in 2011. He holds a 3.06 GPA in masonry.
Farrell and Nelson will receive a congratulatory letter and a plaque from Chancellor Nancy Zimpher.