It caused us some alarm when Mary Boggs stumbled into the recruiting class release from the University of Virginia and the first name on the list was Mark Amirault, who starred for Princeton last year.
Amirault had been listed as a junior by Princeton, so we’d wondered why he’d flown the coup. But a brief Google search shows that Amirault had committed a major sin in Ivy athletic eligibility — he earned a diploma.
Amirault never got to the starting line for Princeton as a freshman, getting sidelined for the whole year after having surgery on both of his knees weeks before arriving at campus.
“I took it slow freshman year, I just did rehab,” recalled Amirault. “I did a lot of elliptical training and exercises to break up the scar tissue. I didn’t run a step. It was really hard mentally. It was hard to relax. Sometimes I had to take a break but I knew I had to keep working.”
That left Amirault, a molecular biology major at Princeton, with an additional year of eligibility. But once you graduate from an Ivy school, the League deems your eligibility to be done. So off he goes to UVa to study public health and run one more season, this time in Cavalier orange.
“I am going to see how it goes,” Amirault told Alden. “I would like to run professionally for a while and then hopefully go to medical school.”