Portions of this story courtesy of Cornell and Harvard Athletic Communications and Dartmouth Athletics Communications.
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The College Sports
Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced the Capital One
Academic All-America Track and Field/Cross Country teams, and four
Ivies received first team honors. Moreover, Dartmouth senior
Abbey D’Agostino was named Capital One
Female Academic All-America of the Year. She is the first Ivy on
either the men’s or women’s side to earn the honor,
which began in 2002-03.
D’Agostino was joined on the first team by Cornell seniors Devin McMahon and Emily Shearer and Harvard senior Adabelle Ekechukwu.
The Ivy League led all conferences with four first team
recipients on the women's side, followed by the Big East and the
ACC, which each placed two on the first team.
D’Agostino can add this academic honor to her laundry list of athletic accomplishments that have come during her four-year career at Dartmouth. In addition to her Ivy-League best seven national titles, the Topsfield, Massachusetts, native was a 13-time All-American —three more than any other student-athlete in Ivy League history — as well as a 16-time conference champion across three seasons of competition.
This honor not only recognized her excellence in competition during 2013-14, but also her high level of commitment to excellence in the classroom. D’Agostino finished her collegiate career with a 3.75 grade-point average, earning her Dartmouth degree in Psychology in early June. This past year, the Big Green’s top female harrier was a four-time All-America, winning two indoor NCAA crowns and becoming the first Ivy Leaguer — male or female — to ever win the cross country national championship.
In earning the individual accolade, D’Agostino also secured a spot for herself on the First Team for the second year in a row. Most recently, D’Agostino signed with New Balance to continue her running career on a professional level.
Shearer, a three-time All-Ivy League 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 League pick holds the school's 3,000 meter 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 League 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 10,000 meters (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.
Cornell joined Butler as the only schools to have two first-team selections.
Shearer and McMahon join Jennifer Cobb '92, Ginny Ryan '95, Karen Chastain '01 and Shonda Brown '05 as Big Red women's track and field athletes to earn Capital One Academic All-America honors. In all, 52 Cornell student-athletes are on the exclusive list.
Ekechukwu, a graduated senior from Oak Brook, Ill., was a three-time Ivy League weight throw champion and the 2013 USTFCCCA Northeast Region Field Athlete of the Year for the Crimson. She maintains a 3.69 GPA in neurobiology. Ekechukwu earned 2012 USTFCCCA All-American honors in the indoor weight throw and claimed the 2013 Ivy League Most Outstanding Field Performer award at indoor Heps.
Ekechukwu was also the Harvard selection for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.