21 Ivies Earn USTFCCCA All-American Status
DES MOINES, Iowa -- For the second-straight year, 21 Ivies received U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-America honors for the 2012 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championship.
First-team USTFCCCA All-America honors were awarded to those who earned 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.
Princeton led the way with six All-Americans, followed by Cornell (4), Brown (3), Columbia (3), Dartmouth (2), Harvard (1), Penn (1) and Yale (1).
The Ivy League saw eight of its student-athletes receive first-team All-America accolades, including two National Champions in Dartmouth sophomore Abbey D'Agostino and Princeton senior Donn Cabral, who won the 5,000m and steeplechase races, respectively.
On the men's side, Harvard junior Nico Weiler placed fourth in the pole vault, Penn sophomore Maalik Reynolds tied for sixth in the high jump and Princeton sophomore Damon McLean grabbed the final first team spot in the triple jump, placing eighth.
Joining D'Agostino on the women's side was teammate Alexi Pappas, who finished third in the steeplechase, as well as Columbia freshman Nadia Eke (eighth in the triple jump) and Princeton junior Greta Feldman (fifth in the 1,500m).
Seven Ivies received second-team All-America honors, including six on the men's side. Princeton led the way with three on the second team, including seniors Brian Leung (16th, 10,000m), Joe Stilin (14th, 5,000m) and Trevor Van Ackeren (14th, 1,500m). Brown senior Dan Lowery also placed in the 5,000m, finishing in 11th-place, while Cornell senior Nick Huber (11th, decathlon) and sophomore Montez Blair (14th, high jump) also earned second team accolades.
Cornell junior Genna Hartung, who placed 13th in the steeplechase, was the lone second team recipient on the women's side.
Rounding out the All-Americans for the Ivy League were six Honorable Mention winners. Columbia sophomore Harry McFann (800m) and senior Kyle Merber (1,500m) were joined by Yale junior Michael Levine (discus) and Brown junior Erik Berg (1,500m) on the men's side, while Cornell junior Katie Kellner and Brown junior Olivia Mickle each competed in the 10,000m.