Bulldogs Post Fourth-Highest Team GPA in Nation
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Last week, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its list of Division I teams and athletes who earned All-Academic honors during the 2012-2013 track and field season. The Yale men's track and field team not only received All-Academic honors, but also boasted two individual All-Academic honorees: Dana Lindberg and John McGowan.
The Bulldogs received team honors by posting a 3.41 cumulative GPA during the 2013 season. The Elis' GPA was fourth in the nation, ranking only behind the University of Arizona (3.511), Santa Clara University (3.506) and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (3.505). Dartmouth (3.31) posted the second-highest GPA among Ivy League schools, trailing Yale by a full tenth of a point.
Lindberg—who is entering his senior season—was the Bulldogs' star in the long jump, relays and short sprints during the Elis' 2012-2013 campaign. He placed first in the long jump at Yale-Dartmouth-Columbia during the indoor season, before placing 10th in the event at the Ivy League Indoor Championships. Then, after finishing fourth and crushing his previous record in the long jump at Harvard-Yale, Lindberg competed in the long jump, 200-meter dash, 4x400 meter relay and 4x100 meter relay at the Ivy League Outdoor Championships. Lindberg continued his stellar year by qualifying for the outdoor IC4As—where he placed 14th in the long jump—and capped off his junior season by competing at the NCAA East Regional for the first time in his career. By season's end, Lindberg had not only set a record in the long jump (7.40m—24'3.5"), but also in the 200-meter dash (21.90).
The Bulldogs presented Lindberg with the Lee Calhoun Award this past season. The honor is presented annually to an "outstanding member of the Men's and Women's Track and Field Team who excels in Sprinting and/or Hurdling."
For his part, McGowan—who will be a junior next year—developed into a middle-distance star during the 2012-2013 season, placing second in the mile run at Yale-Dartmouth-Columbia, second in the 1,000-meter run at Harvard-Yale-Princeton and first in the 1,500-meter run at Harvard-Yale. McGowan was also a member of the 4xmile relay team that competed at the historic Penn Relays, and, by the end of the season, he had set personal bests in both the 800-meters (1:53.87) and 1,500-meters (3:49.07).
More than 100 teams earned All-Academic honors during the 2013 season by posting a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or higher. Meanwhile, 448 male student-athletes across the country received individual All-Academic honors. To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic track and field team, student-athletes must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).
Report by Zach Schloss '15, Yale Sports Publicity