CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT sophomore Dacie Manion (Old Town, Maine) received the prestigious Elite 89 award at this weekend's NCAA Division III championship. She was recognized by the NCAA as the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average competing at the final site for each of the NCAA's 89 championships. Manion is the first MIT cross country runner to win the award.
A mechanical engineering major, Manion holds a perfect 5.0 GPA. At this year's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship, she finished in seventh place in the 6k run with a time of 18:59.29. She was also named to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference team earlier this month, which criteria includes having a minimum GPA of a 4.35/5.0 scale.
The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.