June 3, 2010

Chris Labosky Named to CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Team

Recent Yale Graduate Honored for Academics, Preparing for NCAAs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Chris Labosky '10 has been selected to the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Men's Track & Field/Cross Country First Team, which was announced Thursday. This is the third time Labosky has earned this award, and he now advances to the ballot for CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American honors.

Labosky, a humanities major from Branford College who is going into teaching, was third team CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American in 2008-09 and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. As part of Yale's Commencement Weekend May 22 he was honored with Yale Athletics' Delaney Kiphuth Award, given to the male and female student-athletes who rank highest in scholarship and have earned two varsity awards.

Labosky was also the recipient of Yale's James Stack '61 Award, given annually to the male and female track and field athletes who best personify Jim Stack, the captain and leader of the 1961 team that won the “big three” (Yale vs. Harvard vs. Princeton), Heptagonal Championships and IC4A Championships.

Labosky is currently preparing for the NCAA Championships in the 800-meter run. He has a Yale-record time of 1:47.74 in that event, set at NCAA Regionals.  He is a two-time NCAA Regional qualifier and two-time All-East selection in the 800.

In addition to his exploits in the 800 outdoors, Labosky also was the Ivy League champion in the 1,000-meter run indoors this season and was the 2009 Yale cross country team captain. Labosky, who has also earned All-Academic honors from the USTFCCCA, was Yale's No. 2 runner at Heps and NCAA Regionals in cross country in 2007.

Labosky was also All-East and part of a school record performance in the 4x800-meter relay at indoor IC4As in 2008. He was a two-time second team All-Ivy honoree in that event.

Labosky is a native of Tallmadge, Ohio, and attended Tallmadge High.

Voting for the All-District teams was done by members of CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America). Labosky was one of 10 first-team honorees for District 1. Nominees for the award must be key contributors to their varsity team while also maintaining a grade-point average of at least 3.30. There are eight districts throughout the country, and first team All-District selections are eligible to be selected as CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans. That award will be announced on June 22.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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