Academic Week

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While the Ivy League released its spring Academic All-Ivy teams, the official Academic All-America teams — sponsored by Capital One and hosted by the nation’s college sports information directors (CoSIDA) — will be announced on Thursday. Eleven tracksters were named to the All-Ivy group while nine members of Heps Nation were on the national ballot.

Five individuals — including three international scholars — were on both, led by All-Americans Julia Ratcliffe of Princeton and Nadia Eke of Columbia. The other doublers are Brown’s Henry Tufnell, Cornell’s David Melly and Princeton’s Matt McDonald.

Ratcliffe — a junior from New Zealand with a 3.73 grade-point average in economics — was the NCAA runner-up in the hammer throw this month after winning the 2014 national title. Eke — a senior from Ghana with a 4.0 in psychology — won both the long and triple jumps at Heps before finishing in the top five in the NCAA triple.

Tufnell — a senior from England carrying a 3.73 in history — won the 800m run at Heps while McDonald — a senior from New Jersey with a 3.55 in chemical & biological engineering — won the 10k title. Melly — a senior from Massachusetts with a 3.99 GPA in government — was the runner-up in the Heps’ steeplechase.

The four others on the CoSIDA ballot are Yale junior Kevin Dooney (3.41, history), Brown senior Peter Rhodes (3.52, international relations), Cornell senior Eve Bishop (4.0, biology/society) and Brown sophomore Lucy Van Kleunen (4.0, undeclared).

Others on the All-Ivy squad included League champions and NCAA qualifiers Dana Giordano of Dartmouth (psychology), Thomas Awad of Penn (health and societies) and Nikki Okwelogu of Harvard (human evolutionary biology).

The remaining All-Ivy picks were Brown’s Alex Stanton (business, entrepreneurship and organizations), Dartmouth’s Brian Masterson (biological chemistry) and Penn’s Carey Celata (health and societies).

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