Thursday, January 12, 2012

Ole Miss Track Athlete Among NCAA's Best

Folks on the Ole Miss campus know him as one of the top recent graduates in the biology department and a future physician.

People in the Oxford area might recognize him as a community leader always involved in serving areas of need.

The U.S. track world instantly identifies the tall, lanky runner as one of the top American hurdlers and a two-time NCAA All-American.

His name is Lee Ellis Moore. And he is quite an impressive young man.

That's why tomorrow (Friday) he will be receive the NCAA Top VIII Award, a prestigious honor that goes to eight student-athletes who completed their athletics eligibility during the 2010-11 academic year and recognizes their success on the fields and courts, in the classroom and in the community. Award recipients will be recognized at the Honors Celebration during the current NCAA Convention in Indianapolis.

Only one other Ole Miss student-athlete has ever received this award since its inception in 1973 - Eli Manning in 2004.

Below is a clip of this year's eight amazing student-athletes (Moore starts at the 1:29 mark) talking about their academic pursuits.

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