April 1, 2010
2010 Goldwater Award Winners
ATHENS, Ohio- Multi-sport Ohio student-athlete Kristen Altenburger has been awarded the 2010 Goldwater Scholarship, the Barry M. Goldwater Foundation announced recently. Altenburger, a sophomore participating in cross country as well as track and field at Ohio University has thus far earned a perfect 4.0 GPA in her college career while majoring in mathematics.
The 278 Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,111 mathematics, science and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. The scholarship program is designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.
According to the website’s press release, the Barry M. Goldwater Foundation has awarded 6,079 scholarships in its twenty-four year history.
During the 2009 cross country season, Kristen ran in five races for the Bobcats. In these five races, she crossed the finish line as one of Ohio’s top five on four separate occasions, including a team-best finish (29th overall) at the Mid-American Conference Championships. She ran a season-best 23:22.30 at Pre-Nationals, finishing 204th.
Though competing in a limited number of meets during the 2010 Indoor Track season, Altenburger took first in the 5000 meter run at the Alumni Open and was a member of the winning distance medley team at the Ohio State Tune-Up. During the 2010 Outdoor season, she has competed in the 5000 meter run twice, taking first place once at Toledo Collegiate Quad Challenge.
Altenburger (Troy, Ohio) is the lone Mid-American Conference student-athlete that won the award in 2010. She and the rest of the Bobcats will be back in action on Saturday when they compete at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational on the campus of the University of Cincinnati.