Dooney and Tomlin Earn All-Academic Honors

Duncan Tomlin. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Duncan Tomlin. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Also Receive All-Academic Team Honors

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Even with the 2014-2015 season still a few months away, the Yale men's track and field team has started the year off on a positive note. The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its 2014 Division I NCAA Track and Field All-Academic Award recipients on Tuesday, naming Yale an All-Academic team and star juniors Kevin Dooney and Duncan Tomlin  individual All-Academic honorees. The Bulldogs received team honors by posting a 3.34 cumulative GPA last season—the sixth-highest team GPA in the nation and second-highest in the Ivy League.

Dooney, a Silliman College history major from Dublin, Ireland, enjoyed a strong 2013-2014 season both on and off the track. After becoming just the sixth Yale runner since 1991 to qualify for the Division I NCAA Championships at the end of the cross country season, Dooney continued his impressive running early in the track season, placing second in the 3,000-meter run at the Giegengack Invitational and at the Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet. He then went on the finish third in the 5,000-meter run at the indoor Ivy League Heptagonal Championships (Heps) and fourth in the 3,000-meter run at the indoor IC4A Championships (setting personal records at both meets) before setting the second-fastest 10,000-meter personal record in school history when he opened his outdoor season at the Stanford Invitational. As the outdoor season continued, Dooney placed first in the 5,000-Meter Championship at the prestigious Penn Relays and third in the 10,000-meters at outdoor Heps. His 10,000-meter time from the Stanford Invitational even earned him a bid to compete at the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, Fla. In addition to holding the second-fastest 10,000-meter personal record in school history, the 5,000-meter and 3,000-meter personal records he set this season are the fastest and second-fastest, respectively, in Yale history. Dooney was rewarded for his many accomplishments by receiving the team's Jim Stack Award, given each year to the athlete who best personifies Jim Stack '61, the captain of the 1961 Yale track and field team that won the Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet, the Ivy League Championships and the IC4As in the same season.

Tomlin, meanwhile, boasts a similarly impressive list of achievements from the 2013-2014 season. A humanities major in Morse College, Tomlin concentrated on the 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter during the indoor season, finishing first in the latter event at the Giegengack Invitational. Tomlin's performances really took off, however, during the outdoor season when he was able to compete in his best event: the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Like Dooney, Tomlin set a personal record in his outdoor season debut at the Stanford Invitational. The San Diego native went on to set 3,000-meter steeplechase personal records three additional times during the season: first at the Penn Relays, then at Heps (where he finished fourth) and finally at the IC4As (where he finished sixth, earning All-East honors). Thanks to his string of strong steeplechase performances, Tomlin qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round, where he ran well despite failing to set a new personal record for the first time in three races. Tomlin ended the season with the ninth-fastest steeplechase personal record in school history, and he will undoubtedly be seeking to move up that list over his final two years at Yale.

More than 100 teams earned All-Academic honors during the 2014 season by posting a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or higher. Meanwhile, 496 male student-athletes from 165 institutions across the country received individual USTFCCCA All-Academic honors. To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic track and field team, student-athletes must compile a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and meet 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; 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