EUGENE, Ore. — North Dakota State University track athlete Jacob Rodin was named the recipient of the NCAA Elite 90 Award on Thursday at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
The Elite 90 Award is presented to the single student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average at each of the NCAA’s 90 national championships. Rodin owns a 4.0 GPA with a major in agricultural economics.
Rodin’s honor is the 17th Elite 90 Award claimed by the Bison and the second for NDSU men’s track & field, joining Benji Phillips last year.
Rodin and his Bison 4x400m relay teammates broke the NDSU school record for the third consecutive meet on Wednesday night at the NCAA Championships, placing 18th overall.
The Elite 90 Award recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers.
NDSU’s Elite 90 Award Winners
2011 – Amy Anderson, women’s golf
2011 – Whitney Carlson, women’s outdoor track & field
2013 – Esley Thorton, football
2014 – Carson Wentz, football
2015 – Carson Wentz, football
2016 – Carson Wentz, football
2016 – Clay Ream, wrestling
2017 – Clay Ream, wrestling
2018 – Daniel Polansky, football
2018 – Clay Ream, wrestling
2019 – Ben Ellefson, football
2020 – Jackson Hankey, football
2021 – Benji Phillips, men’s outdoor track & field
2021 – Shelby Gunnells, women’s outdoor track & field
2022 – Cole Wisniewski, football
2022 – Jared Franek, wrestling
2022 – Jacob Rodin, men’s outdoor track & field