CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior Tyler Dinnan (Juneau, Alaska) of the University of New Hampshire men's outdoor track & field team was named to the America East All-Academic Team, announced by the conference Wednesday afternoon.
Dinnan, who is pursuing a graduate degree in occupational therapy and holds a 3.77 GPA, recently won the 1,500 meters at the New England Championships as he topped the 30-runner field in a time of 3:53.24. He also ran a leg on the winning 4x800 meter relay team at New Englands, one week after finishing seventh in the 1,500 meters at the America East Championships.
The All-Academic squads are a product of the June 2005 Athletics Director meetings, where faculty representatives and athletics directors from each of the conference's nine member institutions decided to honor the league's top student-athletes, whom excel equally in the classroom as they do on the playing field.
For the fourth straight year, America East will select the All-Academic teams using CoSIDA's Academic All-America program as a model. Student-athletes worthy of consideration are nominated by member sports information directors and voted on by a committee of SIDs, academic advisors and faculty representatives from all nine member institutions.
All-Academic squads for team sports are based on the number of athletes that participate in a contest at one time or are made up of 10 student-athletes for individual sports, but can be more if there is a tie in voting. To be nominated for the distinction, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve for their team and participate in at least 50 percent of their team's games or competitions. In the classroom, student-athletes must have a 3.30 GPA and have completed at least one calendar year at their institution. Freshmen are not eligible for consideration.