TOWNSEND, Md. (June 26, 2013) – Rollins cross country runner Lauryn Falcone earned the final honor of the 2012-13 sports season as she was named Capital One Second Team Academic All-America, it was announced Wednesday.

Falcone was one of four Rollins Class of 2013 valedictorians, graduating with a perfect 4.0, majoring in Biology on a premed track. The Somers, Conn. native earned Sunshine State Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year, the top academic award given by the SSC.

In her senior season, Falcone became the first Rollins student-athlete to be named Sunshine State Conference Runner of the Year.  A five-time SSC Women’s Runner of the Week in 2012, she finished third at the SSC Championship.  She also crossed the finish line in fourth place at the NCAA Division II South Region Championship, becoming the first runner in school history to qualify for the NCAA DII Championship.

All told, Falcone logged seven top-10 finishes in 11 events in her final campaign at Rollins.  Falcone’s most impressive achievements, however, came in the classroom.

A Biology/pre-med major, she registered a perfect 4.00 grade point average.  The native of Somers, Conn., received the Elite 89 Award at the Division II Cross Country Championship.  The award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA championships.

Falcone became the second-ever Tar to earn a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.  She will be attending the West Virginia University School of Medicine to pursue dual MD/PhD degrees on a full scholarship.

Falcone served on the Executive Board of J.U.M.P. (Join Us in Making Progress) and traveled to Ghana on a Rollins service learning trip.