McCoy Named Second Team Academic All-American

Dakota McCoy. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Dakota McCoy. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Dakota McCoy '13 of the Yale women's track and field team has earned another major award for her academic achievements, as she was  named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Second Team on Thursday.

In order to qualify for the Academic All-America honor, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

McCoy -- a double major in ecology and evolutionary biology and a former resident of Branford College -- more than met these qualifications, with a GPA of 3.94 and many impressive contributions to the Yale women's track and field team over her four years of competition. She is awarded the Academic All-America honor after earning first team Academic All-District 1 honors in May. All winning nominees from this first round of the competition advanced to the Capital One All-America Team ballot, and were then chosen to be recognized as either first-, second-, or third-team honorees. McCoy was one of 15 student-athletes selected as a second team honoree.

Among McCoy's other accolades are the prestigious Rhodes and Goldwater Scholarships. In addition, at this year's end she received the Kiphuth Student-Athlete Distinction Award --presented to the female and male student-athletes who rank highest in scholarship and have earned two varsity awards -- at the Yale Athletic Department's Senior Reception.

Hailing from Wexford, Pa., McCoy worked in the paleontology division at the Peabody Museum while at Yale and sang in an all-female a capella group, Whim and Rhythm.

As a track and field team member, McCoy competed in the 60-meter, 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles, as well as the javelin throw. Her senior year, she claimed personal bests in the 400-meter hurdles (1:03.99) and the 60-meter hurdles (9.09), while tying her personal best in the 100-meter hurdles at 15.73.  This fall, she will use her Rhodes Scholarship to travel to Oxford University to study environmental science.

Report by Maria Seravalli, Yale Sports Publicity