Yale Individuals and Team Named USTFCCCA All-Academic

The 2011 Yale women's cross country team. (photo by David Silverman, DSPics.com)

Team Posts the Fourth-Highest GPA in the Country

NEW ORLEANS - Several members of the Yale women's track and field team were named to the national All-Academic team by the USTFCCCA. Eligible athletes are those who have at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average and qualify on the track or field in either the indoor or outdoor season. For the indoor qualification, athletes must have finished the season ranked nationally in the top 96 of an individual event or of the top 48 of a relay event. Outdoors, an athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Championship meets, including regional preliminaries. In total, 676 student-athletes from 171 institutions were named to the team, including five Bulldogs.

Sophomore Melissa Chapman competed in the 5,000-meter run at the outdoor NCAA Northeast Regional meet, placing 51st.

Freshman Kira Garry set a school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and qualified for the U.S. Junior National Championship meet, where she placed fifth. She also competed in the event at the NCAA Northeast Regional meet. 

Junior Nihal Kayali placed 25th in the 1,500-meter run at the NCAA Northeast Regional meet. Kayali will serve as the captain of the 2012 Yale women's cross country team.

Junior Elizabeth Marvin competed in the 10,000-meter run at the NCAA Northeast Regional meet, where she placed 24th overall, the best showing by a Bulldog at the meet.

Senior Lindsey Raymond, in her first season of track and field competition for the Bulldogs, also competed in the 10,000-meter run at the NCAA Northeast Regional. Raymond finished in 31st. 

The full report is available here.

Additionally, the Yale Bulldogs were chosen as an All-Academic team for track and field. Teams must have had a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00. Yale's mark of 3.50 was one of the highest of the 171 teams chosen, surpassed only by Duke (3.58), Wofford (3.53), Weber State (3.52) and tied with Drake and Lipscomb. 

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity