The award was announced in conjunction with the Pac-12 Championships on Saturday, in which Stutzman helped Stanford to a third-place finish at Coal Creek Golf Course. The Cardinal scored 79 points, to finish behind Colorado (28) and Oregon (54).
Stutzman, a three-time track and field All-America miler and All-West Region selection in cross country, becomes the third Cardinal to earn the honor since it was established in 2008. Previous winners were Elliott Heath (2010) and Chris Derrick (2011).
The political science major from Charlottesville, Va., carries a 3.32 cumulative grade-point average and has been named to All-Academic teams in cross country and track by the Pac-12 and the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
His is one of the most versatile runners in the conference. Stutzman placed 10th at the 2012 NCAA West Region cross-country championships, helping Stanford to the team title, and also won two first-team All-America honors during the 2013 indoor track season. He placed fourth in the mile and eighth in the distance medley relay at the NCAA championships. He has run 3:58.85, the seventh-fastest indoor mile in school history, and 3:40.43 in the 1,500.
In order to be eligible for the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least 50 percent of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum one year in residence at the institution. Each Pac-12 institution may nominate one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-12 staff members at the conclusion of each sport’s regular season. The athletics accomplishments of the nominees are a consideration in voting for the award.