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Fanning, Del Fava, Earn Division I All-Academic Honors

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Fanning, Del Fava, Earn Division I All-Academic Honors



NEW ORLEANS – The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced the list of Division I All-Academic individuals on Tuesday.  The University at Albany had two athletes make the list: seniors Kathryn Fanning and Silvia Del Fava.

Fanning, a native of Manlius, New York, pulled a 3.98 GPA as a Biology major.  She is a published author in the Journal of Neuroscience and a researcher at the RNA Institute.  Fanning has been named to the America East All-Academic squads for all three seasons during her senior year, cross country in the fall, indoor track in the winter, and outdoor track in the spring.  Additonally, she has earned conference All-Academic honors for outdoor track in 2013, indoor track in 2013 and 2012, and cross country in 2012 and 2011, accumulating a total of eight such awards.  This year, she was granted the SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Award, as well as the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.  Athletically, Fanning broke her own school record in the 1,500 at America East Outdoor Championships, finishing second overall in 4:22.81.  She earned a conference title as a member of UAlbany’s victorious 4×800 relay.  After sitting out ECAC Championships for her graduation ceremony, Fanning returned to the track for the NCAA East Preliminaries, breaking her school record again in the 1,500, running 4:18.68.  In addition to her school record in the 1,500, Fanning ranks fourth all-time in the 800 at 2:10.55. 

Del Fava, a senior from Lucca, Italy, previously earned America East All-Academic honors for 2014’s indoor season, the first season she was eligible for the award.  She has accumulated a 3.98 GPA studying Urban Studies & Planning and Geography, and was also a USTFCCCA Cross Country All-Academic selection for the 2013 season.  She set a new school record in the 10,000 in the championship section at the Penn Relays, finishing fourth with a time of 34:13.82.  A week later, she won the 5,000 at the America East Outdoor Championships in 16:48.18.

A total of 727 women from 193 institutions earned All-Academic honors.  To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have either finished the indoor regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 in a relay event, or have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships (including preliminary rounds).  Minnesota was the best-represented school, with 21 athletes honored.  Nebraska and BYU tied for second with 13 athletes on the list.  The SEC was the best-represented conference, with 91 total athletes, edging out the Big Ten’s 87.

The USTFCCCA also announced the award for Scholar-Athletes of the Year.  Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino led a group of four women named Division I Scholar-Athletes, for indoor and outdoor track and field.  D’Agostino won her fourth Scholar-Athlete Award, repeating her 2013 indoor track award.  South Dakota’s Emily Grove won for indoor field, Oregon’s Laura Roesler won for outdoor track, and Princeton’s Julia Ratcliffe won for outdoor field.

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