May 3, 2013
Seniors J.P. Jackson and Mackenzie Fields earned the prestigious title of TopCat Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The TopCat Scholar-Athlete Award is presented to a male and female student-athlete who are in their final year of athletic eligibility, have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or better and have completed at least two years at the University of Cincinnati.
Jackson, a catcher and infielder for UC's baseball team can be seen making plays both in and out of the classroom. Majoring in architecture, Jackson holds a 4.0 GPA and is a proud member of the 2012 Bearcats STRONG team. In the two seasons he has played at UC, Jackson has racked up 14 RBIs and has a total of 26 hits. His academic and athletic achievements made him an ideal pick for the TopCat Scholar-Athlete Award.
Mackenzie Fields, a secondary education major and pole vaulter for UC's women's track and field team, has also shown that a student-athlete can excel in both the classroom and the field. Her notable 3.945 GPA, great academic standing and athletic achievements have not only earned her the TopCat Scholar Award, but also a spot on the 2012 Bearcats STRONG team, as well as being a 2012 inductee into the Legion of Excellence. She is currently ranked fourth in the nation in the pole vault after winning the event at the Jesse Owens Classic with mark of 14'3.75".
Both student-athletes show exceptional hard work and dedication both academically and in their sports and embody exactly what it takes to earn the TopCat Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.