July 29, 2010

Bogdan, DePalo, Harris, Labosky and Levine Earn All-Academic Honors from USTFCCCA

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Five Yale student-athletes were named to the 2010 Division I All‐Academic Track & Field team, announced by the USTFCCCA Thursday. Yale's honorees were rising senior Matthew Bogdan (Latham, N.Y.), Eric DePalo '10 (Westborough, Mass.), Alex Harris '10 (Brentwood, Tenn.), Chris Labosky '10 (Tallmadge, Ohio) and rising sophomore Mike Levine (Commack, N.Y.).  

Bogdan, a political science/economics major, was an NCAA Regional qualifier in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. His outdoor season included a fourth-place finish at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships and 12th-place finish at IC4As. He also competed on Yale's distance medley relay team at indoor IC4As.

DePalo was an outdoor NCAA Regional qualifier in the pole vault. He earned All-East honors with a seventh-place finish at IC4As. He was a two-time Heps champion, and a two-time IC4A qualifier, in that event. He also came up with a big performance in the high jump to clinch Yale's win over Harvard in April.

Harris, who received his degree in history this past spring, was an NCAA Regional qualifier in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. He had a PR of 8:57.30 at IC4As, earning All-East honors with his seventh-place finish. That was also the fifth-fastest time in school history.

Labosky, who received his degree in humanities this past spring, was also selected to the 2010 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Team. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, 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 an NCAA Championship qualifier in the 800-meter run outdoors, finishing 22nd. He ran a PR and Yale outdoor record of 1:47.74 at NCAA Regionals, breaking his own mark set at IC4As. He was also All-East. In addition to his exploits in the 800 outdoors, Labosky also was the Ivy League champion in the 1,000-meter run indoors.

Levine qualified for NCAA Regionals in the discus throw. His impressive first year in New Haven included an 11th-place finish at outdoor Heps and a 19th-place finish at outdoor IC4As in the discus. He also competed in the weight throw, highlighted by a fifth-place finish at Heps and a 12th-place finish at IC4As indoors.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All‐Academic Track and Field Team, the student‐athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either the NCAA Division I Indoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard or participated in the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships (including preliminary rounds) in their respective event.

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