Extending Excellence to the Classroom


Nine members of the Heps Nation have been selected to their respective Capital One Academic All-District  Track & Field/Cross Country Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Two League seniors earn special recognition for excellence both athletically and in the classroom. Columbia’s Nadia Eke is not only a double champion from both Indoor and Outdoor Heps and an All-American triple jumper, she also carries a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average in psychology. That GPA is matched by Cornell’s Eve Bishop, who swept the Heps championship pole vault titles this year. She majors in biology and society.

Here’s the complete list of Ivy tracksters earning all-district status, thus advancing to the Capital One Academic All-America national ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected.

Eve Bishop, Cornell (Sr., Andover, Md., Biology/Society)

Kevin Dooney, Yale (Jr., Dublin, Ireland, History)

Nadia Eke, Columbia (Sr., Accra, Ghana, Psychology)

Matt McDonald, Princeton (Sr., Annandale, N.J., Chemical & Biological Engineering)

David Melly, Cornell (Sr., Newton, Mass., Government)

Julia Ratcliffe, Princeton (Jr., Hamilton, N.Z., Economics)

Peter Rhodes, Brown (Sr., Atlanta, Ga., International Relations)

Henry Tufnell, Brown (Sr., Cirenchester, U.K., History)

Lucy Van Kleunen, Brown (Soph., Philadelphia, Pa., Undeclared)

Also selected were two Heps graduates attending the University of New Mexico — Peter Callahan (Evanston, Ill.), a former Princeton Tiger who carries a 4.0 in his graduate studies in geography, and Sammy Silva (La Mesa, Calif.), a Harvard alum who has a 3.88 in business administration.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.  The full men and women honorees are listed on the Capital One Academic All-America website.

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