June 3, 2005
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale distance runners Patrick Dantzer, Lucas Meyer and Casey Moriarty have earned selection to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I team for men's track and cross country. The three Bulldogs were among just 11 student-athletes chosen from the Division I cross country and track teams in New England and New York.
Dantzer, a junior biology major, will be Yale's cross country captain next season. He wrapped up the 2004 campaign with top-25 finishes at the Heptagonal Championships (25th, 25:34.1), the IC4A Championships (24th, 25:37) and the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships (20th, 31:42.6). In outdoor track, Dantzer placed fifth in the 5000m at Heps in 14:33.57.
Meyer, who will compete in the steeplechase in next week's NCAA Championships, earned All-America honors in cross country with an 18th-place time of 31:23.9. After winning the steeplechase at Outdoor Heps and IC4As, Meyer placed fourth in a personal-best time of 8:41.37 to qualify for the national meet. He won the 5000m at Indoor Heps and IC4As. The 2004 cross country captain earned a degree in comparative literature.
Moriarty majored in history and captained the track team. He finished second in 25:00 at the IC4A Cross Country Championships after narrowly missing a berth in nationals with an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regionals. He was fourth at Heps in 24:49.3. Moriarty was part of the Elis' third-place distance medley team at Indoor Heps and qualified for Outdoor IC4As in the 1500m and 5000m.
To be considered for Academic All-America honors, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher and be a starter or key reserve for their team.
The Academic All-America team will be released June 23.
report by Casey Hart, Yale Sports Publicity