Three Emory Track And Field Student-Athletes Earn Prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships

Three Emory Track And Field Student-Athletes Earn Prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships

From Emory University Athletics

Emory University’s Lukas Mees, Jacob Seigel and Julie Williamson, all recent graduates and members of the Eagles’ outdoor track and field program, have been awarded the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, bestowed upon student-athletes who excel academically and athletically, while also serving as leaders in the community.

The trio will each receive a one-time $7,500 scholarship, to be used for postgraduate study within three years. Emory has now been awarded 103 postgraduate scholarships over the school's history, and its 86 since 2000 is second only to Stanford for the highest total by any NCAA member.  

Mees, a native of Marion, Iowa, distinguished himself as one the nation’s top performers in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, earning All-America honors in the event following his eighth-place finish at the 2016 NCAA D-III Championships, his second straight appearance at nationals. The 2015 and 2016 University Athletic Association champion in the steeplechase, he wrapped his career with the school’s top three times in that race including the No. 1 mark of 9:03.27 at this season’s Dr. Keeler Invitational. Mees majored in psychology, compiling a grade-point average of 3.93. He was selected by the College of Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) as a 2016 Cross Country/Track and Field First Team Academic All-American after garnering third-team recognition in 2015. In late April, he was recognized by Emory Athletics as the department’s male recipient of the Bridges Award, symbolic of the most outstanding all-around athlete. And while the curtain has come down on his track career, he will be back running his final season of cross country this fall.

Seigel left an indelible mark as one of the program’s most decorated throwers, claiming four of Emory’s all-time top 10 efforts in the discus and the No. 1 mark in the shot put. A three-time conference champion in discus, he was a member of the 2015 squad that captured the conference’s team title, Emory’s first since 2004. His record-setting throw of 14.82 meters in the shot put placed him second at the 2016 UAA Championships and helped him earn USTFCCCA All-South/Southeast Region honors.  He was selected as Emory’s Most Valuable Field Performer as a sophomore and senior. A product of Saint Louis, Missouri, Seigel graduated as a philosophy and a GPA of 3.88.  He earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors as a senior and was a three-time member of the UAA All-Academic Team.

Williamson, who hails from Chatham, New Jersey, battled a case of mononucleosis early in the spring but still managed to qualify for the NCAA D-III Championships in the 800 meters. It was the second time during her time at Emory that she competed at nationals, the first taking place in 2013 as a member of the 1600-meter relay team. This past spring, she established school records in the 800 meters three consecutive weekends, culminating with a time of 2:10.71 at the Gregory Invitational. Over the course of her four-year career, she owns the top four and seven of the top 10 all-time marks at Emory in the 800 meters. She raced to All-UAA honors on three occasions in the 800 meters and earned USTFCCCA All-South/Southeast Region recognition as a senior. Williamson earned her degree in neuroscience and behavioral biology and posted a GPA of 3.94. She was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, earning second-team acclaim as a senior and third-team recognition in 2015.

A total of 174 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships are awarded annually, 87 for men and 87 for women.  Fifty-eight (29 men, 29 women) scholarships are announced after each fall, winter and sports season and stretch across NCAA Division I, II and III institutions.