College Sports Information Directorsof America (CoSIDA) announced the 2012 Academic All-American teams yesterday for cross country and track & field. The 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00 and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at their current institution. Brown’s Dan Lowry and Princeton’s Alex Banfich earned second-team honors while Cornell’s Nick Huber earned third-team honors.
Lowry, an All-American in both cross country and track & field, most recently placed 11th in the 5,000m at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He has also earned Academic All-Ivy honors in both the fall and spring. A Geology-Biology concentrator, Lowry was named the Brown University Male Student-Athlete of the Year for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Banfich earned Princeton’s von Kienbusch Award for the school’s most outstanding senior female student-athlete. She placed fifth at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championship, the highest finish by a Tigers at the NCAAs in program history. A captain of both squads, Banfich has earned two All-America honors in cross country and two in track. Banfich has helped to guide Princeton to six Ivy League team titles including a triple crown in 2010-11. A native of Plymouth, Ind., Banfich graduated with a degree in history.
Huber, who holds Big Red records in the pentathlon, heptathlon and decathlon, posted a 3.42 grade point average while graduating with a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations. He finished the NCAA decathlon in 11th-place to earn second-team All-America accolades, nearly equaling his personal- and school-best 7,632 points. Huber is also a conference scorer in both hurdles and the 400m dash.
Lowry and Huber, along with Olivia Mickle (Brown), John Gregorerk (Columbia), Harry McFann (Columbia), Molly Glantz, (Cornell), Alexi Pappas (Dartmouth), Connor Reilly (Dartmouth), Matt Chylak (Penn), Victoria Strickland (Penn), Trevor Van Ackeren (Princeton), Tory Worthen (Princeton), and Lindsey Raymond (Yale) as Academic All-Ivy for Spring 2012.
Congrats to all student-athletes!