Worcester, MA --- For the third straight year, WPI running back Aaron Champagne has been named to the ESPN Academic All-District I first team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (Co-SIDA). The senior was honored in the College Division, which is comprised of NCAA Division II and III and NAIA and junior college programs in New England, New York and Eastern Canada.
By being named first team, Champagne advances to the national ballot where he earned second team All-America honors a season ago.
Champagne, a civil engineering major, is the one of only two WPI senior student-athletes to boast a perfect 4.00 GPA. He is a three-time member of the Liberty League All-Academic team and six-time member of the Dean's List. A Charles O. Thompson Scholar and Presidential Scholar, Champagne is also member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
The senior's IQP Project studied residential energy in Puerto Rico while his MQP Project focused on steel design. Champagne completed his sufficiency in American history.
A three-year starter at running back, Champagne is second on the team in rushing among RBs while taking on an expanded blocking role in this season. Arguably his finest game of the 2010 season was in late September when he ran for 64 yards, including a touchdown, to help the Engineers defeat RPI 24-10 and claim the coveted Transit Trophy for the first time since 1996.
Champagne, who hails from Fairfield, ME, is the son of Steve and Cheryl. The Engineers are currently 3-5 this season for first-year head coach Chris Robertson and will wrap up the 2010 home schedule with a noon contest versus Susquehanna on Saturday.
ESPN/Co-SIDA Academic All-District Teams (PDF)