Laytham Earns Award From ECAC


Contributed by Michael Warwick

Amanda Laytham of the Ithaca College women's cross country and track and field teams has been named a winner of the Robbins Scholar-Athlete Award from the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).

Laytham, a recent graduate, was one of six winners. The ECAC honors a male and female athlete from each of the three divisions based on extraordinary achievements in academics, athletics and community service.

Laytham's spectacular athletic and academic career featured three selections as an academic all-American and Ithaca's Iris Carnell Senior Athlete of the Year Award (named for an Ithaca coach and administrator and awarded to the top senior female athlete in the senior class). She earned a school-record seven-all-America honors in her career (one in cross country, five in indoor track and field, one in outdoor track and field), with a top finish of second (in the indoor 1,500-meter run in 2002).

Laytham was one of nine athletes to be named a New York State Women's Collegiate Athletic Association (NYSWCAA) Scholar-Athlete this spring and received an NCAA postgraduate scholarship. A third-team academic all-American as a sophomore and a first-team selection as a junior and senior, she is just the third Ithaca athlete to be named to three academic all-America teams. She was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Student Athlete Advisory Council.

Laytham graduated summa cum laude last month with a major in exercise science and minors in coaching, nutrition promotion, and health.

Contributed by Michael Warwick