NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The men's cross country team was named as the recipient of an NCAA All-Academic Team award today, and senior James Randon also claimed an NCAA All-Academic Individual award. The awards are given out at the conclusion of each season to teams and individual athletes who compete at the highest level both in the classroom and on the cross country course.
In order to receive the individual award, Randon, a History major, had to maintain a GPA above 3.25 and place in the top-25 at NCAA regionals. He went above and beyond those markers, placing fifth at NCAA regionals to qualify for the NCAA Championship meet and earning a spot on the fall Ivy League Academic All-Ivy list. As a whole, the Elis boasted a team GPA of 3.51 - enough to earn them an NCAA All-Academic Team award and the highest GPA of any Ivy League men's cross country team this season.
Randon adds this award to a slew of other honors that he received at the close of his record-setting senior season. In addition to qualifying for the NCAA Championship, he received All-Region honors and won the Ivy League Championship meet, the first Bulldog to do so since 1989. He was also named the recipient of the Mike Stanley-John Cleary Class of 1954 Men's Cross Country Award, which is presented to the member of the team who "excels in dedication, commitment, and inspiration to the sport of cross country." He has enjoyed one of the best cross country careers at Yale in recent memory.
Report by Olivia Paschal '18, Yale Sports Publicity.