Two hardworking student-athletes headed to college this fall to continue their education and passion have been named recipients of this year’s Wilmington Road Runners Club (WRRC) college scholarships.
The 2015 winners are Ben Schmidt from Hoggard High School and Avery Mavroudis from South Brunswick High School. Each athlete will receive $1,000 toward college tuition.
“Selecting just two winners proved difficult again this year,” said Lisa Brosier, WRRC Club President and Scholarship Selection Committee Member. “We had some incredibly talented seniors apply. I wish we could have awarded more than just the two scholarships.”
Applicants were selected based on performance as a cross-country or track athlete, as well as extracurricular activities and demonstrated leadership.
Schmidt, captain of the cross country and track teams, ran a personal best of 15:38 in the 5K. He also recorded personal bests of 4:32 in 1,600 meters and 9:41 in 3,200 meters. The winner of the 3,200 meter run at the 2015 Mideastern Conference Championships will compete for Queens University in Charlotte next fall.
“Ben was a top seven member of our varsity cross-country team for all four years–something done only once before,” said Hoggard Coach Billy Mason. “He is probably the hardest working runner that I have ever coached.”
Mavroudis, a National Honor Society member and track team captain, won the pole vault and high jump at this year’s Mideastern Conference Championships. The N.C. Aquarium certified volunteer jumped 10 feet in the pole vault and 6-1 in the high jump. On the track, she competed on the 4 x 200 and 4 x 100 relay teams, as well as recording a personal best of 54.8 in the 300 meter hurdles.
She will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“Avery comes to every practice ready to work hard,” said South Brunswick Coach Julie Ward. “She has been essential in helping her teammates find passion and knowledge about our sport. She’s been a blessing to coach for four years.”
Initiated in 2014, funding for the Wilmington Road Runners Club college scholarship program comes from profits generated by the club’s annual Seaside Shuffle 5K race held in November at Wrightsville Beach.
For 2016, the club hopes to secure a major sponsor for the program that will allow additional scholarship awards, according to Brosier.