Deptford Twp. – The National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) has selected Gloucester County College alumna Kristina Morgan as the 2013 Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Gloucester County College’s 250-acre campus is located on Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.
A member of the GCC Women’s Softball team, Morgan helped the Roadrunners win two-consecutive NJCAA National Championship titles. Her exceptional performance on the field enabled her to play in two NJCAA National Tournaments where she was named the Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Pitcher in 2012.
Prior to her sophomore season, Morgan sustained a life-changing injury while working part-time. As she was taking down a display, a bungee cord snapped loose and struck her in the eye. Doctors told her that she had lost sight in one of her eyes and would more than likely never be able to participate in athletics again.
Defying all odds Morgan insisted on returning to the mound. In mid-March 2012, she convinced her medical providers to let her play — wearing safety goggles and a protective mask. By the end of the season, she led the team to a first-place ranking in the NJCAA weekly poll for Division III softball. She pitched a 2-1 victory over Brookdale Community College in the Region XIX finals, which qualified the Roadrunners for their second NJCAA National Championship Tournament.
“At the National Tournament, Kristina’s performance was somewhat beyond unbelievable,” said Athletic Director Ron Case. “She pitched a shutout in game one. She pitched a 2-1 victory, drove in and scored the winning run in game three. To add the icing to the cake she threw another 1-0 shutout in the National Championship game. The results she achieved both on and off the field are amazing. We couldn’t be more proud of her here at the College.”
“Kristina Morgan is an inspiring young woman who can teach everyone a lesson in overcoming adversity with grace and poise,” said GCC President Frederick Keating. “Her continued success is the result of hard work and dedication. Her academic and athletic legacy will always be remembered at Gloucester County College.”
As for her academic achievements, Morgan maintained an overall GPA of 3.885 as she earned her associate degree in arts and sciences. The rigorous course load was comprised of General Biology I and II, Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, Calculus I, II and III, Environmental Science and Nutrition.
For her efforts, Morgan received the NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement as well as the Collegiate Athletic Administrators of New Jersey Outstanding Female Scholar Athlete Award in 2012.