The Rhodes To Oxford


So, Harvard handed it to Yale again in “The Game.” But the Bulldogs turned the table, 7-6, when the 2013 Rhodes Scholars were announced. That’s right, 13 of the 32 Rhodes Scholars this year come from those two schools.

And among the Elis selected was senior hurdler Dakota McCoy, who studies ecology and evolutionary biology at Yale. She plans to pursue a scientific career at Oxford. A native of Wexford, Pa., she has been a Goldwater Scholar, a member of Phi Bet Kappa, and won the Frances Gordon Brown prize for intellectual distinction, leadership and service. McCoy also sings a cappella in the New Blue and volunteers for Special Olympics.

“There is no way I could have achieved this without the incredible support of mentors, teachers and coaches over the years,” McCoy told her hometown paper, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

She becomes the 27th Ivy League track & field athlete to claim a Rhodes Scholarship, but just the second American Bulldog ever, joining Michael Warren in 1990. Note: It is believed that Wendell Mottley won a Caribbean Rhodes, but we’ve never been able to verify that through online resources.

The last five Heps’ track Rhodes recipients have been women — Princeton’s Laura Shackelton (2003), Harvard’s Sarah Hill and Melissa Dell (2004), Harvard’s Clara Blattler (2008) and now McCoy.

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