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William & Mary's Alex McGrath

McGrath Earns Academic All-America Honors

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          Release: 06/28/2013
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Recent William and Mary graduate Alex McGrath '13 was named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America second team on Thursday, the latest in a long line for academic honors for the runner this year.  McGrath was honored for both his academic and athletic achievements as part of the Tribe men's track and field and cross country teams.  McGrath is the sixth member of the men's track and field program to be named Academic All-America, and the first since 2007.

In addition to his national honor on Thursday, McGrath won Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards in both cross country and track and field this year from the Colonial Athletic Association.  The Marlborough, N.H., native was also picked as a Fulbright Scholar for 2013-14, and will spend the next year in Russia.  McGrath double-majored in international relations and global studies at the College, and became eligible for the Academic All-America ballot by being named to the Academic All-District first team early in June.

On the fields of competition, he also distinguished himself.  In the fall, McGrath won the CAA individual title in cross country, breaking the course record established by Olympian Brian Hyde '96 in the process, and also earned All-Region honors at the Southeast Regional championships for the second year in a row.  For those accomplishments, he was voted the CAA Athlete of the Year.  Indoors, McGrath set personal-bests in both the mile and the 3,000m, the latter when he ran 8:05.72 to place fourth at the IC4A Championships.  Outdoors, he was runner-up in both the 5,000m and 10,000m at the CAA Championships, and ran 13:55.37 for 5,000m at Mt. SAC to qualify for his third-straight NCAA Championships.

Alex McGrath 2012-13 Achievements
Fulbright Scholar
CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America Second Team
CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District First Team
CAA Men's Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year
CAA Men's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year
USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country
USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field
CAA Cross Country Athlete of the Year
CAA Cross Country Champion
CAA 5,000m Runner-up
CAA 10,000m Runner-up
All-East IC4A 3,000m Indoors