The above photo of a struggling Nick Huber was taken by Chris Donahue of Drake University. That is the toll that the decathlon can have on an athlete, especially one able to rack up 7,600 points each time out.
Huber didn’t just get it done on the track in his Cornell career, he also had great success in the classroom, posting a 3.42 GPA in Industrial & Labor Relations. The combination of his achievements led to him being named as CoSIDA Academic All-District. That is the true academic award, which includes a rigorous nation-wide ballot of college sports publicists.
Huber was one of seven to be named to the district teams from the League. Two of them — Dartmouth’s Alexi Pappas and Brown’s Dan Lowry — will be trying to add “All-American” to their resume tonight, Pappas in the steeplechase and Lowry in the 5, 000-meter run. Pappas carries a 3.77 GPA in English while Lowry has a 3.70 in geology/biology.
Cornell’s Emily Shearer, who helped lead her cross country team to the Ivy title in a snowstorm, carries a 4.10 GPA in biological sciences. That seems to be literally ‘off the charts.’
Princeton’s Nilan Schnure — a member of the Ivy championship distance medley relay — graduated with a 3.89 GPA in molecular biology.
Harvard’s Darcy Wilson — a double winner at the Harvard-Yale dual this year — carried a 3.80 in economics.
Princeton’s Alex Banfich, officially an All-American four times over, graduated with a 3.35 in history.