June 22, 2010

Chris Labosky Named First Team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America by CoSIDA

First Bulldog to Earn First-Team Honors Since 2002

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Chris Labosky '10 has been selected to the 2010 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Team, which was announced Tuesday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). This is the second straight year earning the honor for Labosky, who was a third-team selection in 2009 and a first-team selection this year. He was the lone honoree from the Ivy League and is the first Bulldog to earn first-team honors since Thomas Hocker '02 in 2002.

Labosky, a humanities major in Branford College at Yale who is going into teaching, is also a three-time CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honoree and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. As part of Yale's Commencement Weekend May 22 he was honored with Yale Athletics' Delaney Kiphuth Award, given to the male and female student-athletes who rank highest in scholarship and have earned two varsity awards.

Labosky was also the recipient of Yale's James Stack '61 Award, given annually to the male and female track and field athletes who best personify Jim Stack, the captain and leader of the 1961 team that won the "big three" (Yale vs. Harvard and Princeton), Heptagonal Championships and IC4A Championships.

Labosky advanced to the NCAA Championships in the 800-meter run earlier this month, finishing 22nd with a sixth-place finish in his heat at the semifinals. He has a Yale-record time of 1:47.74 in that event, set at this year's NCAA Regionals.  He is a two-time NCAA Regional qualifier and two-time All-East selection in the 800.

In addition to his exploits in the 800 outdoors, Labosky also was the Ivy League champion in the 1,000-meter run indoors this season and was the 2009 Yale cross country team captain. Labosky, who has also earned All-Academic honors from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, was Yale's No. 2 runner at Heps and NCAA Regionals in cross country in 2007.

Labosky was also All-East and part of a school record performance in the 4x800-meter relay at indoor IC4As in 2008. He was a two-time second team All-Ivy honoree in that event.

Labosky is a native of Tallmadge, Ohio, and attended Tallmadge High. 

To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a key contributor to the varsity team, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his current institution and be nominated by his school's sports information department. Voting for the All-District teams was done by members of CoSIDA. There are eight districts throughout the country, and first team All-District selections are eligible to be selected as CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans.

Yale Men's Track & Field/Cross Country
CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans

2010 Chris Labosky (First Team)
2009 Chris Labosky (Third Team)
2005 Lucas Meyer (Third Team)
2002 Thomas Hocker (First Team)
2001 Thomas Hocker (Second Team) (At-Large)

 Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity