NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The USTFCCCA recently released its All-Academic honorees for the 2017-2018 track and field seasons. The Yale men's track and field team received team honors, and had two athletes receive individual honors. In order for a team to be named to the All-Academic list, it must maintain an average grade-point-average above 3.00 for the season. For an athlete to receive individual honors, they must either finish the indoor season ranked in the top 96 in the NCAA for their event, or compete at NCAA Outdoor Preliminaries while maintaining at least a 3.25 GPA.
The Bulldogs finished this season with an average GPA of 3.44, the second-highest of the Ivy League behind Harvard – of the eight Ivy League institutions, seven made the All-Academic list. Only six teams reported having a higher average GPA than Yale.
Captain Paedyn Gomes capped his season with an impressive finish at the NCAA East Preliminary round, and further highlighted his accomplishments by earning a spot on the individual All-Academic list; he maintained a GPA of at least 3.25 throughout his time at Yale. Gomes, a mechanical engineering major, always possessed an exemplary sense of integrity on and off the track, keeping up with his demanding academic workload, as well as consistently performing among the fastest in the Ivy League. Gomes is no stranger to this honor either, as he made the list in 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 as well.
The other Bulldog to be named to the All-Academic list is Austin Laut, who was the highest finishing Bulldog at NCAA East Preliminaries. Laut, like Gomes, had to get a GPA over 3.25 in order to be named to this list. This is the third year in a row that Laut has made the All-Academic list, proving that he is not only diligent at practice, but also in the classroom with his studies. Laut will be a senior for the upcoming school year.
Both of these athletes are fantastic examples of what it means to be a student athlete – competing at the highest level athletically, while continuing to excel academically. Yale consistently finds itself toward the top of the All-Academic list, and this year was no different as the Bulldogs had the seventh highest team GPA. The Bulldogs have always prided themselves on having a high average GPA, and will continue to accomplish as much, or more, in the classroom as they do on the track.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity