Labosky Honored Academically

Posted: 26 June by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

During my recent hiatus, which I shall soon explain, I missed the naming of Yale senior Chris Labosky to the 2010 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country First Team. Labosky, a third-team selection in 2009, was the lone honoree from the Ivy League and is the first Bulldog to earn first-team honors since Thomas Hocker in 2002.

A humanities major from Tallmadge, Ohio, who is headed into teaching, Labosky is a three-time Academic All-District honoree and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. As part of Yale’s Commencement Weekend May 22 he was honored with Yale Athletics’ Delaney Kiphuth Award, given to the male and female student-athletes who rank highest in scholarship and have earned two varsity awards.

Labosky was also the recipient of Yale’s James Stack ’61 Award, given annually to the male and female track and field athletes who best personify Jim Stack, the captain and leader of the 1961 team that won the “big three” (Yale vs. Harvard and Princeton), Heptagonal Championships and IC4A Championships.

Labosky advanced to the NCAA Championships in the 800-meter run earlier this month, finishing 22nd with a sixth-place finish in his heat at the semifinals. He has a Yale-record time of 1:47.74 in that event, set at this year’s NCAA Regionals.

To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a key contributor to the varsity team, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his current institution and be nominated by his school’s sports information department. Voting for the All-District teams was done by members of CoSIDA. There are eight districts throughout the country, and first team All-District selections are eligible to be selected as CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans.

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