Yale Maintains One of the Country's Highest Cumulative GPAs
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—This Tuesday, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced its 2014 Division I NCAA Track and Field All-Academic Award recipients. Not only was the entirety of the Yale women's track and field team honored, but two individual athletes, senior Kira Garry and junior Emily Stark, also made the cut. The team's cumulative GPA was 3.58, which tied the Bulldogs for No. 6 in the nation and ranked them No. 1 in the Ivy League. Yale was one of 208 teams to receive the award during the 2014 season by attaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.
Among the 727 individual athletes chosen for the honor is the newly elected track and field captain, Garry. An environmental studies major from Montauk, N.Y., Garry was a key member of both the cross country and track and field teams this year. In addition to leading her team to a 13th place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional meet, Garry also claimed a 6k personal best time of 21:26 this cross country season. Fresh off this success, she continued into the indoor track season, adding personal-best times in the 1,000-meter, mile, 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter runs to her list of accolades. During the outdoor track and field season, Garry helped Yale's 4x800-meter relay team to place fifth at the ECAC Championships, earning All-East honors and claiming the sixth-best time in Yale's history. Still, Garry's most notable achievement came during the NCAA division I East Preliminary Round—where she shattered her previous personal best in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Garry finished the season ranked No. 16 in the region, setting the new Yale school record at 10:17.52.
Stark is a history of science/history of medicine major from Concord, Mass. Like her teammate, she also qualified to race in the NCAA Division I Primary Round. She represented Yale in the 10,000-meter run, and finished in 24th despite the No. 46 ranking she carried going into the meet. At the competitive Stanford invitational, Stark earned the fourth-best time in the event ever run at Yale. Furthermore, Stark qualified to compete in the 5,000-meter run at the ECAC Championships, and claimed personal best times in both the mile and 3,000-meter runs this past season.
To qualify for the award, the USTFCCCA website states that "(a) student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met 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 TFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds)."
Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity