March 24 – GREENVILLE, Pa. – Bethany College junior track & field standout Ryan Donnelly (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills) was recently selected by the Presidents’ Athletic Conference as the PAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s Male Scholar Athlete of the Month for the month of February, announced the PAC on Thursday.
Each month each PAC member institution are asked to nominate one male and one female student-athlete for PAC SAAC Scholar-Athlete of the Month consideration based on academic and athletic accomplishments. Nominees must be a varsity team member in their respective sport(s) and in their junior or senior year. Scholar-Athlete of the Month nominees must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher and be actively involved within their campus communities.
Donnelly helped the Bison men's indoor track and field program secure their second-straight conference title at the PAC Indoor Track & Field Championships on February 25 by scoring a total of eight team points at the event. He finished fourth in the one-mile run (4:31.74) and sixth in the 5,000-meter run (16:08.10).
Donnelly earned Division III Men’s All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on February 19 for his efforts during cross country season. He posted a 12th-place showing (28:05) at this year’s six-kilometer PAC Cross Country Championship.
A member of Bethany’s SAAC, Donnelly has served as a resident assistant and a mathematics tutor on campus. He is currently serving on active duty as reservist with the United States Marines Corps.
A mathematics and physics double major, Donnelly maintains a 3.22 GPA. After graduating from Bethany he anticipates earning a master's degree before pursuing a career in the military.
Donnelly becomes the second Bison during the 2015-16 academic year to be named a PAC SAAC Scholar Athlete of the Month, joining Bethany volleyball’s Julia Mouch (Toledo, Ohio/Sylvania Southview) who earned the award back in October.