W&L's Patrick Earns ODAC's Doc Jopson Award

Hank Patrick

FOREST, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced on Tuesday that Washington and Lee senior cross country and track & field runner Hank Patrick (Baton Rouge, La. / University Laboratory School) is the 2019 recipient of the Harry G. "Doc" Jopson Award as the top male scholar-athlete in the conference.

Virginia Wesleyan senior basketball player Jayla Harris was tabbed for the Marjorie Berkley Award as the top female scholar-athlete in the ODAC.

W&L athletes have now claimed the Jopson Award for the second straight year and the fourth time in the last five years.  This also marks the sixth consecutive year that a W&L athlete has received either the Jopson or Berkley Award.  Soccer player Gillen Beck '18 was tabbed the Jopson Award winner in 2018.

A biochemistry major with a minor in poverty and human development, Patrick earned four letters in cross country and four more in track & field.  He earned the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award six times across his cross country and track & field careers, and he received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship following the fall season.

Additionally, Patrick was a CoSIDA/Google Cloud Third Team Academic All-American as a junior, was a CoSIDA/Google Cloud First Team Academic All-District selection this spring, and he is a three-time USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree.

In cross country, he was a two-time First Team All-ODAC honoree and an NCAA National Championship qualifier in 2017.  He placed third at the ODAC Championship meet each of the last two years, and he was a First Team All-South/Southeast Region honoree as a junior when he finished 12th at the NCAA Regional in order to qualify for Nationals.  He also helped lift the Generals to four ODAC Championship titles and a team bid to the NCAA Championship in 2016.

As a track & field athlete, he garnered three more All-ODAC citations in helping W&L to four more ODAC team championships across the indoor and outdoor campaigns.  He contributed 32 points towards claiming those titles and he was a member of the 2016 ODAC Champion distance medley relay team.

Patrick is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and he was a Johnson Scholar at W&L.

Inaugurated in 1981 and 1984, respectively, the Harry G. "Doc" Jopson and Marjorie Berkley Scholar-Athlete Awards are given each June to member college seniors and conference sport participants who exhibit the highest athletic, academic and extracurricular achievements. Ms. Berkley began her collegiate teaching career at Lynchburg College.  Several years later, Ms. Berkley moved to Hollins University where she coached tennis, field hockey and soccer, and served as the athletic director for 30 years.  The Jopson Award is named in honor of the Bridgewater College professor and coach who retired in 1981 following 45 years at BC. Dr. Jopson, who initiated and directed the Eagles' cross country and track programs, led his teams to ODAC indoor track titles in 1979, 1980 and 1981, and outdoor crowns in 1978 through 1981.

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