MANSFIELD, Mass. – Senior Tyler McLaren (Pepperrell, Mass.) of the Southern New Hampshire University men's cross country team was named a finalist for both the Northeast-10 Conference Man of the Year and the Northeast-10 Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as the league announced the finalists for each award.
McLaren was one of three finalists for the NE10 Man of the Year, which honors student-athletes for their excellence in competition, in the classroom, and in community service. Additionally, he was chosen as one of three finalists for Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, an honor that recognizes student-athletes in their final year of athletic eligibility with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.3 or higher.
The NE10 Men's Cross Country Sport Excellence Award winner, which is given to the top Academic All-Conference selection in a respective sport, McLaren turned in a magnificent season in 2017. He won both the Vermont Tech Invitational and the Bruce Kirsch Cup, while finishing runner-up at the New England Championship, NE10 Championship and NCAA East Regional. The two-time NE10 Athlete of the Week, who garnered NE10 All-Conference First Team and USTFCCCA All-Region honors, became the second runner in program history to qualify for the NCAA National Championship, where he turned in the highest finish at the meet for a Penmen, placing 43rd out of 249 runners in a time of 32:02.8. McLaren topped the previous SNHU best by 32 spots, while finishing just three spots shy of attaining All-America status.
Off the course, McLaren compiled a 3.85 cumulative GPA as an international business major and was an NE10 Academic All-Conference selection for the third consecutive year. He was named the SNHU Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, served as the president of the Economic and Finance Association as well as the Junto Personal Development Club, and was a portfolio manager in the Bloomberg Investment Competition.
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