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Carroll named OAC Scholar-Athlete of Month

Senior honored for overall excellence

April 1, 2012

Pat Carroll is the OAC Scholar-Athlete of the Month.

Pat Carroll is the OAC Scholar-Athlete of the Month.

AUSTINTOWN — Wilmington College senior distance runner Pat Carroll has been named the Ohio Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete-of-the-Month for April.

Carroll (Cincinnati/Purcell Marian) maintains a 3.75 GPA as a political science major with a focus on international studies. On both the track and cross country course, he is one of the most decorated runners in Wilmington College history.

A four-year member of the Wilmington College Dean’s List, Carroll has made the grade in studies at Wilmington and internationally. But despite his impressive academic resume, Carroll said his greatest learning experience might have happened beyond the walls of academia when he volunteered with Pisco Sin Fronteras in Peru during the summer of 2011.

“We did community development and construction,” Carroll said. “When I first went there, I thought of Latin America having a culture that is way different than the culture we have. When I was in Lima, Peru, it reminded me of being in Chicago. And then there were rural towns, kind of like Wilmington. It was interesting to experience and compare their cities with ours. It showed me that we have as many similarities as differences.”

Running is a way of life — not a hobby — for Carroll. Success at Wilmington, however, did not come easily, thanks to nagging injuries during his freshman and sophomore years.

“I was totally discouraged for almost two years. I didn’t think I would ever be able to run more than 40 miles a week, which doesn’t make for a great 5K or 10K runner,” Carroll said. “When I was finally able to figure out that I needed my easy days as well as my hard days, I got in a rhythm and ran up to 90 miles a week.”

And run, he did.

Carroll was a two-time All-OAC and 2011 All-Great Lakes Region cross country performer. He owns the WC cross country record and has his name on three Wilmington track records.

“The cross country record means the most to me. It was an old record and it is something that I worked very hard for,” Carroll said. “It’s just cool to say that you are the fastest guy who went to this school. So many people have run so many miles before you, but you are the fastest. That makes the hard work worthwhile.”

A bright future awaits Carroll, although he is not sure where it waits.

“I am considering several opportunities. I have really taken to the Quaker values of non-violence. I have learned a lot about that at Wilmington. That’s the area I’m looking at right now,” Carroll said.