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July 23, 2014

Dartmouth's D'Agostino, Princeton's Ratcliffe Earn USTFCCCA Scholar Athlete of the Year Honors

USTFCCCA Academic Award Releases: Men | Women

NEW ORLEANS -- Dartmouth senior Abbey D’Agostino and Princeton sophomore Julia Ratcliffe have both been named Scholar Athletes of the Year in Division I for the 2013-14 track & field season by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the association announced Tuesday.

D’Agostino took home the indoor track honor, while Ratcliffe received the outdoor field award.

D’Agostino, who swept the cross country, indoor and outdoor awards in 2012-13, becomes the first woman in the history of the USTFCCCA to earn two Scholar Athlete of the Year awards for the second-straight year after receiving the indoor track and cross country awards in 2013-14. Her 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships crusade involved a sweep of both the 3,000m and 5,000m titles for the second-consecutive season.

The psychology major finished with a 3.75 cumulative GPA all the while bringing her career total from track & field and cross country to an all-time best four Scholar Athlete of the Year honors.

Ratcliffe is just the second Ivy League student-athlete to be named USTFCCCA Scholar Athlete of the Year, joining D’Agostino. During her campaign at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, she won the national championship in the hammer throw.

The economics major rallied a 3.72 cumulative GPA and now is the only woman from Princeton to earn the Scholar Athlete of the Year since the award began in 2007.

Oregon’s Laura Roesler and South Dakota’s Emily Grove were also recognized by the USTFCCCA with Scholar Athletes of the Year honors for indoor field and outdoor track, respectively.

The four recipients of these honors were chosen from a total of 727 women from 193 institutions who earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for their combined academic and athletic achievements.

Both D’Agostino and Ratcliffe also earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, along with 43 other Ivies. Columbia, Princeton and Harvard tied with seven recipients each but it was Cornell topping the Ivy League with 13 total recipients. Yale and Penn finished with four and Dartmouth with three.

As a team, the Harvard men finished fourth in the nation in cumulative GPA, posting a 3.38 to trail only Chattanooga (3.60), Long Beach State (3.43) and Seattle (3.38). In all, 12 Ivy League squads earned All-Academic Team honors.

USTFCCCA 2014 Division I Track & Field All-Academic Honorees

Columbia
Women
Caroline Williams
Waverly Neer
Nadia Eke

Men
Timothy Cousins
John Gregorek
Brendon Fish
Harrison McFann

Cornell
Women
Devin McMahon
Emily Shearer
Caroline Kellner
Hillary Holmes
Megan Szpak
Elizabeth Simpson
Claire DeVoe  
Rachel Sorna  

Men
David Melly
Tommy Butler
Mark Tedder
Will Weinlandt
Kinsley Ojukwu

Dartmouth
Women
Abbey D’Agostino
Dana Giordano

Men
John Bleday

Harvard
Women
Erika Veidis
Nikki Okwelogu
Adabelle Ekechukwu
Emily Reese
Morgan Kelly
Molly Renfer

Men
Tom Purnell

Penn
Women
Kelsey Hay

Men
Samuel  Mattis  
Brendan Smith
Thomas Pitt

Princeton
Women
Emily de La Bruyere
Julia Ratcliffe
Lizzie Bird

Men
Alejandro Arroyo Yamin
William Paulson
Chris Cook
Tom Hopkins

Yale
Women
Emily Stark
Kira Garry

Men
Duncan Tomlin
Kevin Dooney

Women’s All-Academic Teams
Cornell
Dartmouth
Harvard
Penn
Princeton
Yale

Men’s All-Academic Teams
Cornell
Dartmouth
Harvard
Penn
Princeton
Yale