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Record 14 Ivies Named To CoSIDA Outdoor Track & Field Academic All-District First Team

CoSIDA Capital One Outdoor Track & Field Academic All-District Release

Portions of this story courtesy of Brown and Dartmouth Athletics Communications and Cornell, Harvard and Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- A combined 14 Ivy League track and field athletes were named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)/Capital One Academic All-District first team, it was announced.

It marks the most Ivies on the All-District first team in League history, breaking the mark of 11 set in 2008. That year, a total of 15 Ivies received All-District honors as both first- and second-teams were named at that time.

Brown led the way with six first team recipients in sophomore Morayo Akande, senior Holleigh Bergstrom and senior Heidi Caldwell on the women’s side and senior Ajani Brown and juniors Peter Rhodes and Henry Tufnell on the men’s side.

Cornell and Princeton each received a combined three first team honors. Big Red seniors Devin McMahon and Emily Shearer for the women and junior David Melly for the men were joined by Tigers junior Emily de La Bruyere on the women’s side and senior Alejandro Arroyo Yamin and junior Matt McDonald for the men.

The other two first team honorees from the Ivy League were Dartmouth senior Abbey D’Agostino and Harvard senior Adabelle Ekechukwu.

Brown
Caldwell, an environmental studies concentrator with a 3.61 grade point average, was named second-team All-Ivy for 2013 cross country season and was also selected to the Academic All-Ivy Team. She led the Bears with an 11th-place finish at the 2013 Ivy Cross Country Championship and finished 24th at the NCAA Northeast Regional. Caldwell was a 2012 first-team All-Ivy and All-Northeast Region selection.

Bergstrom, an education studies concentrator with a 3.79 grade point average, was named Second Team All-Ivy for the 2014 outdoor season. She finished second in the javelin with a throw of 150-03 at the 2014 Ivy Outdoor Championship, despite an 11th performance seed.

Akande, who holds a 3.64 grade point average, was named first-team All-Ivy after she placed first in the Ivy Indoor Championships with a personal best of 5-8 in the high jump. She also finished fifth in high jump at 2014 Outdoor Ivy Championship.

Brown, a political science concentrator with a 3.71 grade point average, placed third in the 400m at 2014 Ivy Outdoor Championship for fifth-best time in program history. The versatile runner also anchored the third-place 4x400m relay team at the same championship event.

Rhodes, an international relations concentrator with a 3.47 grade point average, was named first-team All-Ivy for the 2013-14 indoor season after he won the heptathlon at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. He also set five individual records during the indoor season and finished third in the decathlon at 2014 Ivy Outdoor Championships. Rhodes is a former second-team All-Ivy selection.

Tufnell, who holds a 3.65 grade point average as a history concentrator, was named second-team All-Ivy for 2014 outdoor season after he helped the 4x800m relay team finish second at 2014 Outdoor Ivy Championship for the second-best time in program history. He was also named first-team All-Ivy for 2013-14 indoor season as a member of the 4x800m squad that finished first at the Ivy League Championship. Tufnell most recently qualified for the 2014 NCAA East Preliminary in the 800m.

Cornell
Shearer, a three-time All-Ivy selection in cross country and a two-time first-team honoree, is a two-time NCAA all-region pick. She was the individual runner-up at the Heptagonal championships in 2012. A part of four Heps championship teams (two cross country, two outdoor track and field), Shearer is team captain of both squads as a senior. A Marshall Scholar and a candidate for a Rhodes Scholarship, Shearer is co-President of the Red Key Honor Society and a member of the Quill & Dagger Honor Society. The Academic All-Ivy pick holds the school's 3,000m record indoors (9:11.68) and sits second in the event outdoors (9:25.95). She has a perfect 4.00 grade point average while double majoring in biological sciences and government.

McMahon is a three-time NCAA qualifier and All-Ivy selection in cross country, earning all-region honors as a freshman en route to being named the team's most valuable runner. A part of two Heptagonal championship teams in both cross country and outdoor track and field, McMahon set the school's freshman cross country record at historic Van Cortlandt Park. She ranks third all-time at 10,000m (34:04.20) in school history and was an NCAA regional qualifier in the event. McMahon was named the NCAA's Elite 89 Award winner at the 2013 cross country championships as the student-athlete with the highest grade point average competing at the championship.

Melly finished third in the 3,000m steeplechase at the 2014 Heptagonal Championship in 8:58.65, the No. 10 time in Cornell history and an IC4A qualifying time. He earned a spot at the NCAA East Regionals in the steeplechase. A scorer for both the track and cross country teams, Melly finished seventh overall at the Pre-National Meet in Terre Haute, Ind. earlier this fall. Off the track, he has posted a 3.99 grade point average in government.

Dartmouth
D’Agostino, a psychology major with a 3.72 grade point average, will run in the 5,000m at the 2014 NCAA Championship meet in Eugene, Oregon, on June 14 where she will seek her eighth individual national title, a combined figure that would rank third all-time among women in cross country and track in history.

The Topsfield, Massachusetts, native will graduate from Dartmouth on June 8 with numerous academic achievements to her credit as well, including the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Scholar of the Year Award for both cross country and indoor track during the 2013-14 academic calendar.

Harvard
Most recently leading her team to its second Ivy League Heptagonal title this year, Ekechukwu was the 2013 USTFCCCA Northeast Region Athlete of the Year. The Radcliffe Prize winner as Harvard's most outstanding senior female athlete, Ekechukwu holds a 3.69 GPA in neurobiology. A three-time Ivy League indoor title holder in the weight throw, the Oak Brook, Ill., native was the 2013 Ivy League Most Outstanding Performer in the field during the indoor season.

Princeton
de La Bruyere is a two-time USTFCCCA All-Academic and two-time Academic All-Ivy selection. She competed in the NCAA cross country national championship this past season, when she was named second-team All-Ivy. She has twice been named all-region in cross country and was the team's No. 2 runner this past fall. A three-time Ivy League scorer in the mile, 3k and steeplechase, de Le Bruyere was injured this outdoor season. She was captain for both the cross country and track teams this year.

Arroyo Yamin is both a three-time USTFCCCA all-academic selection and a three-time Academic All-Ivy honoree. He has qualified for the NCAA Regional all four years, in either in the 5k or 10k, and has competed in three NCAA cross country national championships, guiding the team to 11th-, 19th- and 22nd-place finishes. Arroyo Yamin earned three cross country all-region honors and was the Ivy League runner-up in 2012 to earn first-team All-Ivy honors, while claiming second-team honors in 2013 as team co-captain. He was the Ivy League runner-up in the 2012 indoor distance medley relay and has been a scorer in the outdoor 10k in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

McDonald has competed in two NCAA cross country national championships, finishing 134th in 2013 and 151st in the 2012. He was named USTFCCCA all-region in 2013 for finishing 20th at the Mid-Atlantic regional. McDonald claimed second-team All-Ivy honors in both 2011 and 2012. During the indoor track season, McDonald was a scorer in the 5k and outdoors he was seventh in both the 5k and 10k.

To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. 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 in June.