ALBANY, N.Y. -- The Sage Colleges department of athletics recognized the outstanding performances of the 2017-18 school year with the naming of the athletic award winners for its 15 varsity teams.
In addition to awarding the Gator Award, for the Most Outstanding Player, the department also named the 2017-18 Female and Male Athletes of the Year as well as the Dean Sharon Robinson Senior Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year, given to the senior student-athlete with the highest overall grade point average.
Sage also awarded the Gator of the Year honor to members of the varsity teams, given to the team's most valuable player.
Named the Gator of the Year in men's cross country this year was junior Jarryd Wick of Ayer, a graduate of the Parker Charter School.
Over the course of the 2017 season, Wick competed at every single race and helped Sage with his efforts on the course.
Head men's cross-country coach Zachary Williams noted of Wick: "Jarryd has one of the best attitudes that I have encountered as a coach. It's not easy being the only male on the team. I personally tried to run with him whenever I could, but most days he would be on his own. Yet he never complained, and was enthusiastic each day for the upcoming practice."
In the fall, Wick was named to the Empire 8 Men's Cross Country Sportsmanship Team for his efforts. He posted a time of 33:25 to take 60th at the Empire 8 Championship. He also posted a time of 30:40 to finish in 20th place with his best time of the year, while racing at the Green Mountain College Invitational.