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49er athletes take highest academic awards

The Charlotte 49ers have done it again.

For the second straight year, Charlotte swept the Atlantic-10 men's and women's conference Scholar Athlete of the Year Awards.

During Charlotte's six years in the league, they have won the conference's highest academic award seven of the 12 times it has been awarded and each of the last four. No other A-10 school has won the award more than twice during that stretch.

This season, senior track and field sprinter Darius Law and senior soccer defender Megan Minnix were awarded the prestigious honors.

Law, a native of Raleigh, was a 26-time A-10 individual track and field champion during his career and helped lead the 49ers to five conference championship titles. The indoor and outdoor A-10 Rookie of the Year in 2008, Law was named league outstanding performer three times.

Law became one of only six 49ers ever to be combined athletic and academic All-American honorees. At the 2010 NCAA tournament, he became the only athlete to qualify for the 200- and 400-meter races and was an All-American at the 400-meter event in 2011.

Off the track, Law was a five-time A-10 track and field student athlete of the year honoree, named to three ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American teams and the 2010 winner of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Male Sports Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Law severed as the A-10 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee president, and as a business management major maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout his college career.

Minnix was a three-time all-conference selection and helped anchor the 49er defense as they won three A-10 regular season titles, two conference tournament titles and made two NCAA tournaments during her career.

Minnix, from Columbus, Ohio, ended her 49er career as the school leader with 87 games played, 86 starts and was also first in school history with 7,081 minutes played. In 2010, she was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Mid Atlantic Region's second team.

In the classroom, the marketing major closed out her academic career as a three time A-10 academic all-conference selection and maintained a 3.9 GPA. Minnix was awarded the conference's Women's Soccer Student Athlete of the Year Award, was named to the 2010 NCAA Scholar All-American second team and was a two time ESPN The Magazine all-district selection.

Aside from naming the A-10 Scholar Athlete of the Year, each sport awards its own scholar athlete winners. Minnix and Law won their sports and Andy Sajevic won the conference golf award, the sixth straight year a 49er golfer has been honored, and Cory Tilton won the baseball award.

In each of Charlotte's six seasons in the A-10, they have had at least four winners of the individual sports awards.

Last season golfer Cory Nagy and soccer player Hailey Beam were awarded the conference Scholar Athletes of the Year winners. Past 49er winners are women soccer player Lindsey Ozimek in 2007-2008, Jane Daniels, women's track and field in 2006-2007. Mike Ambrose won in 2005-2006 for men's baseball.