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Seven Ivies Named to Capital One Track/Cross Country Academic All‐District Teams

CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District Men's and Women's Track/Cross Country Teams

Portions courtesy of Brown Sports Information, Dartmouth Athletics Communications and Cornell, Harvard and Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Seven Ivies are represented on the 2012 CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District men's and women's Track/Cross Country Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

The Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

On the women's side, Dartmouth senior Alexi Pappas and Cornell sophomore Emily Shearer earned the honors in District 1, while Princeton senior Alex Banfich was the League's lone representative in District 2.

Pappas, an English major with a 3.77 cumulative grade-point average, has also excelled on the track in her final season for the Big Green. She qualified second overall in the steeplechase at the NCAA East Regional in Jacksonville, breaking her own Dartmouth record by more than two seconds in the process.

Pappas posted a time of 9:55.89 in the preliminary round, almost eight seconds faster than the heat's second-place finisher. She then advanced to the steeplechase finals in the NCAA Championship with a fourth-place showing in the first heat, recording a time of 10:00.38.

Shearer was the winner of the team's Fleet Morse Award, presented to the team's most improved athlete. She took fourth in the 3K and third in the 1,500m at the Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championships. Her mark in the 1,500m was good for eighth all-time in Cornell history. In cross country, Shearer earned second-team All-Ivy honors and finished 11th overall at the Ivy League Championship, helping the team to its first title in 13 years. She holds a 4.10 grade point average in biological sciences.

Banfich is a four-time All-America on the Princeton women's cross country and women's track teams. She placed fifth at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championship, the best finish by a Tigers at the NCAAs in program history. A captain of both squads, Banfich has earned two All-America honors in cross country and two in track.

During her career Banfich competed in six NCAA Championships and was a first-team All-Ivy selection four times, while also winning the individual title at the 2010 Ivy League Cross Country Championship. Banfich has helped to guide Princeton to six Ivy League team titles including a triple crown in 2010-11. Banfich graduated with a degree in history while posting a GPA of 3.35.

On the men's side, three Ivies appeared on the first-team All-District 1 in Brown senior Dan Lowery, Cornell senior Nick Huber and Harvard senior Darcy Wilson. Princeton senior Nilan Schnure represented the League in District 2.

Lowry, a Geology-Biology concentrator, earned All-America status and All-Northeast Region honors during the cross country season, and will be competing at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship in the 5,000m run on Friday, June 8.

A 2011 Academic All-Ivy selection, Lowry also earned first-team All-Ivy honors in cross country and was a second-team All-Ivy selection in the 5,000m run this spring. He has qualified for the Olympic trials in the 5,000m and holds the Brown school record in the event. Lowry was also honored as the Brown University male student-athlete of the year.

Huber, an NCAA qualifier and national championship contender in the decathlon, earned a spot at nationals with a school-record 7,632-point effort earlier this season. He came close to equaling that mark in the NCAA Outdoor Championship, recording 7,616 points en route to an 11th-place finish and second-team All-America status.

Huber won the Ivy League Outdoor title in the decathlon and also claimed the indoor title in the heptathlon this season. He has been part of three Ivy League Heptagonal championship teams and owns school records in the pentathlon, heptathlon and distance medley relay indoors, as well as the decathlon outdoors. Huber won the 400m at Ivy League Championships in 2009. He has posted a 3.42 grade point average in Industrial and Labor Relations.

Wilson led the Crimson middle distance corps during his senior season at Harvard. He captured a pair of titles at the annual Harvard-Yale meet, winning the 800m and 1,500m. He also qualified for the IC4A Championships in both events and finished 28th in the 800m at the meet..

The Stratford, Ont., native was an economics concentrator at Harvard and posted a 3.80 grade point average to earn a spot on the academic all-district squad. His GPA was the highest among Ivy League student-athletes named to the team.

Schnure is a four-year letterwinner of the Princeton track & field team. He was the Ivy League runner-up in the indoor distance medley relay and the outdoor 4x400m relay. Last year he was a member of the Ivy League indoor championship DMR. A hurdles specialist, Schnure ran a personal best of 54.13 in the 400m hurdles at the Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championships last month.

Schnure has helped Princeton to six team titles in his career, including two triple crowns in 2010-11 and 2011-12. A native of Bethesda, Md., Schnure graduated with a degree in molecular biology.