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Five Elis, Team Earn All-Academic Honors

Paedyn Gomes (photo by Greg Sohanchyk, Yale Sports Publicity)
Paedyn Gomes (photo by Greg Sohanchyk, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Five members of the Yale men's track and field team earned All-Academic honors from the USTFCCCA this season, and the team earned All-Academic honors as well, capping an impressive season on and off the field.

To earn the All-Academic team distinction, the Bulldogs recorded an impressive 3.43 cumulative GPA, much higher than the requisite 3.00. They were second-highest among Ivies earning the distinction, coming only .02 points behind Harvard's 3.45 cumulative GPA. 

Paedyn GomesAdam HoustonAustin Laut, James Randon and Trevor Reinhart received individual All-Academic honors. To receive this honor, athletes had to maintain at least a 3.25 GPA. Additionally, for indoor athletes, they had to finish the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48, and outdoor athletes had to have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships. 

Randon, who graduated in May with a degree in History, holds Yale records in the 1500-meter run and in the mile. He was named the Most Outstanding Performer at the Ivy League Indoor Heps this season, and earned the team's Jim Stack (MVP) Award for the second year in a row this season. 

Gomes and Houston are both rising seniors. Gomes is pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and won the team's Gardner Millett Award. The Bulldogs' top hurdler, he will serve as the track and field captain in the upcoming season. Houston is pursuing a degree in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and placed second in the 5000-meter run at the IC4A Championships this season to earn All-East Honors. 

Rising junior Laut is a Political Science major, while his classmate Reinhart is undecided. Laut was the Bulldogs' only pole vaulter last season, and qualified for the NCAA East Prelims for the second season in a row. Reinhart was the sole Bulldog to compete in the outdoor NCAA Championships this season, qualifying for the meet in the 1500-meter run. 

Report by Olivia Paschal '18, Yale Sports Publicity.