NL grad Hofmann earns Landmark Conference Scholar-Athlete honor
Northern Lehigh graduate and Moravian College senior Aaron Hofmann has been selected as the 2018 Landmark Conference Senior Scholar-Athlete for Men’s Cross Country.
Hofmann led the men’s cross country squad to a runner-up finish at the 2018 Landmark Conference Championships, where he placed 33rd with a career-best time of 28:19.9 on the 8,000-meter course. He finished his cross country career this past weekend at the 2018 NCAA Division III Mideast Regional. Throughout his career, Hofmann has run in 5K, 6K and 8K races in cross country, and he has also participated in the 400-meter, 800-meter, 1,500-meter and mile runs and the 1600-meter, 3200-meter and distance medley relays with the indoor and outdoor track and field teams.
Off the course, Hofmann has maintained a 3.96 GPA in accounting. Hofmann has made Moravian’s Dean’s List six times, and he is a three-time selection to the Landmark Conference Fall Academic Honor Roll and has made the Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll a total of seven times while competing in track and field with the 2019 seasons still to come.
“Aaron is a great candidate for this recognition because he truly represents what it means to be a student-athlete,” stated Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Jesse Baumann. “Aaron has routinely had one of the highest GPAs not only on our team, but in the athletic department so he clearly has maximized his potential as a student here.
“As an athlete, few have worked harder or transformed themselves more than Aaron has in his time here,” continued Baumann. “I was just telling a future recruit about Aaron’s story last week, how he came in here and was far from being one of our top runners but he willed himself to become a multiple-time conference qualifier and even made our Regional team this month. In my eight years here, Aaron is probably one of the three most improved athletes and that’s all due to his determination and drive. He’s been a tremendous leader for the team with the examples he sets every day, and is as deserving of this recognition as anyone.”
Hofmann is Moravian’s 26th Landmark Conference Senior Scholar-Athlete since the conference began in 2007-08, and he is the first men’s cross country student-athlete to be honored.
The Landmark Conference selects 22 senior scholar athletes each year to recognize the top student-athlete in each sport based on academics and athletics.