ST. LOUIS — Matt McKenzie, of Mascoutah, was presented with two awards for men's cross country at the recent St. Louis College of Pharmacy Fall Sports Athletic Awards Banquet.
McKenzie, a third-year pharmacy student and number-one runner for the Eutectics, led the team in five of six meets in the fall, earning him the team's "Runner of the Year" title for the third-straight year. In addition, he was one of three STLCOP athletes to earn the prestigious Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete awards this fall. To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete award, a varsity athlete must maintain at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average as a junior or above. McKenzie's best 8K time of 26:59 is the fourth fastest in the STLCOP record books and ranks him as the third-fastest runner in STLCOP history. The Eutectic team finished fifth of eight teams in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Conference this fall.
The son of Pete and Lori McKenzie of Mascoutah, McKenzie is a 2011 graduate of Mascoutah High School where he was no stranger to MVP status. At MHS he was named Most Valuable Golfer in 2008, 2009, and 2010, Most Valuable Runner in 2009 and 2010, and Most Valuable Athlete in 2011.
The College's mascot - the Eutectic - is a common term in pharmacy describing the scientific process of two solids being combined to form a liquid. It is the perfect metaphor for the St. Louis College of Pharmacy's Athletic Program - combining athletics and a demanding academic program.