Chris Cralle has been voted Southland Conference men's indoor track and field "Student-Athlete of the Year," the league office in Frisco, Texas, announced Monday.

The senior from College Station, Texas, has produced a 3.36 grade-point average as a political science major in his four years at Sam Houston.

Cralle was the Southland Conference indoor weight throw champion in 2011 with a school-record throw of 67 feet, 3.5 inches, more than six feet ahead of the second place finisher.

The student-athlete of the year award is presented to the one student-athlete who achieves excellence in both academics and athletics in his or her sport. All nominees shall have earned at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and demonstrated achievement in athletics for at least two years at the nominating institution.

The Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 12 member institutions, voted for the student-athletes of the year.

The announcement marks the 10th time in the past five years that a Bearkat has been recognized as the outstanding student-athlete in their individual spot.

Sam Houston's previous winners of the Southland "Student-Athlete of the Year" honor have been Ryan Bright (2007 and 2008 men's basketball), Stephen Prihoda (2007 baseball), Lata Assudani (2007 women's tennis), Jennie Sewell (2007 women's track and field), Jennifer Heinz (2008 women's golf), Barkley Falkner (2009 men's basketball) and Brittany Brooks (2010 women's basketball).

The honor is the latest in a series of accomplishments for Cralle.

Last July, he won the hammer competition at the North American Caribbean Under age 23 championships held in Miramar, Fla. Last week, he became only the second Sam Houston State student-athlete to earn a gold medal at the Texas Relays after winning the hammer throw.