WESTFIELD, Mass. – Senior football player Andrew Carpenter of Auburn is one of two Westfield State University athletes named Senior Scholar Athletes of the year. Senior cross country and track athlete Jessie Cardin of Sutton also received the recognition. Westfield State recently honored it’s senior athletes and special award winners at the annual Student Athlete Advisory Committee banquet.

Andrew Carpenter (submitted photo)

The prestigious academic award is presented to the top senior male and female student-athlete who compiles the highest cumulative grade point average during his or her four years at Westfield State.

The awards were presented by Dr. Jennifer Hanselman, the chairperson of the biology department and the University’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative.

Carpenter, a criminal justice major, is a four-year member of the football team as a linebacker.

He ranked sixth on the team with 43 tackles in 2017 as the Owls posted a 3-7 record and 3-5 mark in the MASCAC.

After a knee injury forced him to redshirt during his junior year, Carpenter plans to return to use his fourth year of eligibility as a graduate student in the fall of 2018.

Cardin, an Elementary Education major and four-year member of the cross country and track teams, is a standout athlete for the Owls.

Cardin became the first woman to win the MASCAC cross country title in four straight seasons, as she ran to a 37-second win

Jessie Cardin [submitted photo]

in the league championship meet. She also received All-America honors in cross country for the second time in her career after finishing 36th at the 2017 NCAA Division III NCAA women’s cross country Championship meet.

Cardin helped lead the Owls cross country team to three MASCAC titles, and four straight MASCAC titles in track and field.

The dinner and ceremony recognizes student athletes who earned all-conference, all region, All-America honors, as well as each individual team’s award winners, and the seniors on each team.