Twenty-One Outdoor Track Ivies Earn All-America Honors
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Twenty-one Ivy Leaguers were named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-America teams for the 2011 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field season.
First-team USTFCCCA All-America honors are awarded to those who earn any portion of a team point at the national championships, or reach an eight-entrant final. Second-team All-America honors are handed out to those whose final placing in the national meet range from ninth to 16th place.
Those who participated at the final site but did not place in the meet's top 16 are listed as honorable mention for the All-America award. Student-athletes listed are part of programs that are members of the USTFCCCA.
Five Ivy League athletes earned first team honors, led by dual All-American Donn Cabral from Princeton, who placed in the top eight in both the 5,000m run and the 3,000m steeplechase. Also earning first team All-America honors were Penn freshman Maalik Reynolds in the high jump, Princeton senior Ashley Higginson in the 3,000m steeplechase, Dartmouth freshman Abbey D'Agostino in the 5,000m run and Yale senior Kate Grace in the 800m run.
Eleven Ivies collected second team honors, led by seven athletes from Princeton. Senior Mark Amirault was 12th in the 5,000m, senior Craig Pearce was 16th in the hammer throw, junior David Slovenski was 12th in the pole vault and the 4x400m relay team (Russell Dinkins, Tom Hopkins, Mike Eddy, Austin Hollimon) was also 12th in the nation. Representing Brown on the second team All-America teams were senior Craig Kinsley, who placed 12th in the javelin, and senior Brynn Smith, who placed 10th in the hammer throw. Cornell also had a pair of second team honorees in senior Nate Edelman, who finished 13th in the 10,000m run, and junior Nick Huber, who placed 13th in the decathlon.
Six invididuals earned honorable mention All-American honors, led by Princeton's second dual winner Russell Dinkins. Dinkins earned second team honors as a member of the 4x400m relay team and honorable mention honors in the 800m run. The Tigers' final honoree was junior Alex Banfich in the 5,000m run. Also earning honorable mention selection were Penn sophomore Leslie Kovach in the 5,000m run, Cornell senior Adrien Dannemiller in the 3,000m steeplechase and Cornell senior Gary Jones in the triple jump.