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WACO, Texas – Rogers State’s Baylor Harvey earned the highest individual athletic honor in the Heartland Conference as he was named the Heartland Conference Male Athlete of the Year for 2017-18. The award was the first Male Athlete of the Year honor in conference history following a vote of the league’s sports information directors.

Harvey, a senior cross country and track student-athlete from Cleveland, Okla., was named the Male Athlete of the Year after leading the Hillcats to their first conference championship in cross country with a one-point win over previous champ DBU. Harvey’s third individual championship pushed RSU over the top and spurred the Hillcats’ best postseason run since joining Division II. The Cleveland, Okla. native picked up his third Heartland individual title in four years and earned Heartland Runner of the Year honors for the third time. Harvey was also selected for his second All-American award in cross country at the Division II National Championship with a 16th-place finish. He now holds the Rogers State record at every distance in cross country and has also earned Academic All-American honors for the second-straight year. For his career, Harvey is a three-time All-American, two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, three-time Heartland Conference Runner of the Year, three-time Heartland Conference individual champion, one-time Heartland Conference team champion, four-time All-Heartland Conference First Team, four-time CoSIDA Academic All-District and two-time All-South Central Region in cross country.

The Heartland Conference Male Athlete of the Year award is voted on by the league's sports information directors. Institutions may nominate one male and one female each year for consideration of the award.