During the NCAA Cross Country Championship banquet on Thursday evening, the NCAA announced that Cornell senior Devin McMahon (center, running warm-up with team at NCAAs on Friday) was recognized as the women’s cross country recipiant of the NCAA Elite 89 award. The Elite 89 award is honored to student athlete who has the highest cumulative GPA among all of the other student athletes who have earned a spot at the national championships in their respective sport. McMahon, a biological sciences major who has been previously honored with numerous All-Academic accolades from the USTFCCCA, raced in her third NCAA Cross Country Championships this past weekend. Her freshman year, she won an individual berth to the championships and finished 89th individually (13th best freshman). Her two most recent trips to NCAAs have been with the rest of her Big Red team, where she finished 129th in 2012 and 164th this year.
The Elite 89 for men’s cross country was awarded to Syracuse’s Reed Kamyszek.
Want to guess which current Ivy coach is a three-time recipiant of the Elite 89 award? Liz Phillips, a volunteer assistant coach for the distance runners, won the award 3 times (2x indoor track, 1x cross country) and won the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year award while she was an undergraduate at the Division III Washington University in St Louis.