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MJ's Gaffney earns CU academic award

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Keaton Gaffney

outstanding student-athlete
LEBANON -- Cumberland University cross country athlete Keaton Gaffney is the 2014-15 recipient of the Lindsey Donnell Award, presented annually to a Bulldog student-athlete who excels in both academics and athletics.

The award is given in honor of Lindsey Donnell, a former football Little All-American and former professor at Cumberland.

A junior from Mt. Juliet, Gaffney carries a 4.00 grade-point-average in Biochemistry. She is a two-time Mid-South Conference Scholar-Athlete and was named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete this past season.

Gaffney has placed in the Top 35 six times during her Bulldog career, including 15th at this season's Patty Forgey Invitational in Rio Grande, Ohio, and 35th at the Shawnee State Invitational in Portsmouth, Ohio.

Her best career finish was eighth at the Patty Forgey Invitational in 2013 and her best showing at the Mid-South Conference Championships was also last season at 27th.

Donnell set a national collegiate football record in 1936 with 1,500 rushing yards, a single-season record that stood until the 1960s.

He graduated from CU in 1936 and returned to teach English from 1960-62.

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