Trio of Ivy Cross Country/Track & Field Athletes Earn Academic All-DistrictHonors
Portions courtesy of Yale Sports Publicity
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Yale's Jeff Perrella and Harvard's Dan Chenoweth were named to the 2010-11 Capital One Academic All-District® Men's Track & Field/Cross Country District 1 first team while the Bulldogs' Dakota McCoy was named to the women's District 1 first team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday.
First team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
Perrella finished his Yale career this past fall after advancing all the way to the NCAA Cross Country Championship. He enjoyed a memorable final cross country season, becoming the first Yale runner to qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championship since 2004. He earned All-Region honors after finishing eighth (30:04.20) at the NCAA Northeast Cross Country Regional, hosted by Yale. He also earned second team All-Ivy League honors for his finish at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, where he placed ninth with a PR of 24:44 on the 8K course.
Perrella majored in economics. In addition to this academic honor, he was also a two-time Academic All-Ivy League selection and was USTFCCCA All-Academic. Off the track, he was a coordinator with Yale's Student Taskforce for Environmental Partnership.
Chenoweth, a sociology major, had another stellar cross country season in 2010, highlighted by a third-place finish at NCAA Regionals and being named to his third-straight All-Northeast Region team. The senior also captured second place at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships and won the annual Harvard-Yale meet for the third-straight season. Chenoweth also received his second-straight All-Ivy League first team nod in 2010.
During the indoor track season, he placed third in the 3,000 run at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships and during the outdoor season, he earned second team All-Ivy honors following a runner-up finish in the 10,000m run at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. Chenoweth's season best time of 13:45.92 in the 5,000m run earned him advancement to the NCAA East Regional where he placed 19th overall.
McCoy competed for Yale at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships both indoors and outdoors this past season. She competed in the 60-meter hurdles at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships indoors (9.51). At the outdoor Ivy League Heptagonal Championships she competed in the 400 hurdles (1:06.44) and was on the 4x400-meter relay team (3:56.81). She had a PR of 32.36 meters in the javelin. Indoors, she had PRs in the 200 (27.47), 55 hurdles (9.05) and 60 hurdles (9.30).
An ecology and evolutionary biology major, McCoy had her work in the classroom recognized earlier this year when she was selected as one of 275 recipients (out of 1,095 applicants) of the Goldwater Scholarship for excellence in science, math and engineering. She will spend this summer working in a comparative cognition lab studying behavioral and cognitive science of primates.