NEW YORK - Sophomores Sean Brackett and Caroline McDonough have been named the November Student-Athletes of the Month. Brackett had a breakout sophomore season at quarterback for the Lions' football team, while McDonough continued the Lions' tradition of strong female distance runners.
Brackett, who became Columbia's first quarterback since 1994 to be named first team All-Ivy Leauge, completed 58 of 108 pass attempts for 667 yards and three touchdowns in three games during the month of November, while adding 186 yards rushing and touchdown, the game-winning one-yard plunge against Cornell. The sophomore was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 204 yards and rushing for 151 yards in Columbia's 20-17 victory over the Big Red. With his November totals that capped an outstanding second season, Brackett etched his name in the Columbia single-season record book, ranking fourth in touchdown passes and fifth in total offense.
McDonough had a strong finish to her cross country season, proving once again she's continuing Columbia's tradition of strong female distance runners. At the 2010 NCAA Northeast Regionals, featuring the best schools in the Northeast, McDonough finished fifth overall, with a time of 20:12.6. She was the second Heps runner to cross the finish line, and earned USTFCCCA All Region honors, along with an automatic bid to the NCAA championships. McDonough continued her strong performance at Nationals, as she came in 43rd out of hundreds of the nation's best athletes. The sophomore finished with a time of 20:54.2, was the second Heps finisher, and missed All-America status by less than half a second.