ROCK HILL, South Carolina – Chez Lenoir-Rhyne Jacob Wadsworth was voted the 2022 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Athlete-Scholar of the Year, the conference office announced today.

The South Atlantic Conference Researcher-Athlete of the Year Award is presented annually to a student-athlete in each of the Conference’s championship sports and is voted on by the SAC Faculty Sports Representatives Committee. . Winners are selected based on their academic, athletic, service and leadership achievements.

Wadsworth, a junior from Dansville, NY, holds a 3.75 GPA while majoring in elementary education. A member of the Lenoir-Rhyne President’s and Dean’s lists, Wadsworth is a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society and was an American scholar before transferring to Lenoir-Rhyne.

“I’m so proud of Jacob for this outstanding achievement,” said Lenoir-Rhyne Head Athletics Coach Kevin Patterson. “I appreciate all the work he has done on and off the track. Congratulations on being named Scholar-Athlete of the Year.”

A three-time All-American and two-time SAC Track & Field Champion, Wadsworth earned All-American honors in the heptathlon, long jump and as a member of the 4×100 relay team in 2020-21. He also qualified for the NCAA National Championship in the heptathlon in 2021-22 and was part of the SAC Champion 4×400 relay team, while finishing second in the conference in the long jump.

Off the track, Wadsworth volunteers in and around the communities of Lenoir-Rhyne and Hickory, North Carolina. He has participated in Lenoir-Rhyne’s 828 Day, volunteered at a triathlon meet, and spends time helping seniors in the community take care of their yard. He is also a volunteer track and field coach with Hickory Christian.