Three Track and Field Athletes Earn Academic All-America Honors as MIT Sets Single-Year Record with 11 National Selections

June 26, 2008

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Joseph Roy-Mayhew, graduate Hana Adaniya and sophomore Amy Magnuson have been selected to the 2008 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America Track and Field/Cross Country Teams as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). MIT collected six national honors during the spring and closed out the year with an Institute record 11 Academic All-America honors.

Adaniya, who carries a perfect 5.0 grade point average into the second year of her graduate program in Masters of Engineering, was selected to the women’s second team. Adaniya is a two-time NEWMAC All-Conference performer in the 5,000-meter run and was a provisional qualifier for the 2008 NCAA Championships in the 10,000m.

Despite missing the spring campaign because of injuries, Magnuson was still named to the women’s third team. The 2008 NCAA Indoor Track and Field national runner-up in the 55-meter hurdles, the super sophomore has authored four school records. Last season, she was named NEWMAC Rookie of the Year while she secured the highest finish ever for an MIT women’s track and field athlete at the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships with a second-place finish in the 100m hurdles. Magnuson carries a 4.9 GPA in Civil Engineering into her third year.

Roy-Mayhew, who owns a 4.9 GPA in Chemical and Biological Engineering, capped MIT’s list of national academic recipients after being named to the men’s third team. A team captain for the Engineers in cross country and track and field, Roy-Mayhew was the 2008 NEWMAC champion in the 5,000m and was MIT’s top finisher at the NCAA Division III New England Regional Cross Country Championship.

Earning 11 Academic All-America honors during the 2007-08 seasons, MIT surpassed its previous record of 10 picks in 1999. MIT is the Division III all-time leader in Academic All-America honors with 145 accolades while the Engineers rank third across all NCAA divisions.