Helmuth Named Taylor’s Male Athlete of the Year
UPLAND, Ind. – Following a record-setting season that was highlighted by a fifth-place individual finish during Taylor’s first-ever Men’s Cross Country National Championship, Alex Helmuth has been named the Taylor Male Athlete of the Year.
The award is designed to recognize TU’s top male student-athlete among freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors based on athletic accomplishments throughout the current year. Athletes are nominated for the award by their head coach and voted on by members of the TU Athletics Department.
“Alex has had an outstanding year,” stated head men’s and women’s cross country coach Quinn White. “He has taken his gift to a new level and he has done it with a thankful heart. This young man has balanced his academics, work at the hospital, work at the diabetics clinic, and his MCAT prep, all while earning All-American honors in three sports. Whatever he does, he does with excellence.”
Helmuth led the Trojans throughout his junior year in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track, picking up a combined three NAIA All-American honors and four All-Crossroads League awards over the three seasons.
The Monticello, Illinois native also posted the fastest times in Taylor history in the indoor 5,000-meters and the outdoor 10,000-meters, while recording the fifth-best time in school history in the outdoor 5,000-meters and the third-best time in the history of the men’s cross country program.
The high point of the memorable campaign came during his fifth-place run at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships, which helped the Trojans secure the first team national title in school history.