Two From Navy Named Academic All-America in Track and Cross Country

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Navy junior Brigid Byrne was named third-team Academic All-America by CoSIDA on Thursday.
Navy junior Brigid Byrne was named third-team Academic All-America by CoSIDA on Thursday.

June 21, 2012

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Two more Patriot League student-athletes earned national honors Thursday when Navy's Cody Rome and Brigid Byrne were named Capital One Academic All-Americans in the sports of track and field and cross country, it was announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Rome was named to the second team, while Byrne earned third-team laurels.

Rome, a senior, earns back-to-back second-team All-America honors after appearing on the squad a year ago. A native of Eagle, Idaho, Rome posted a 3.58 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in applied mathematics at the United States Naval Academy before graduating last month. He was instrumental in competition for the Mids in 2011-12, beginning by finishing eighth in the men's 8k at the Patriot League Cross Country Championships, helping lift Navy to its fourth straight League crown.

On the indoor track, Rome won the 3,000- and 5,000-meter runs in aiding the Mids to finish second at the Patriot League Championships in February. His academic prowess also earned him back-to-back Indoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors from the League's sports information directors.

Rome finished his senior campaign by winning silver at the League's Outdoor Championships last month in the 1,500 and 5,000 events. Navy finished second in the team standings. He also earned All-East honors by finishing second in the 1,500 at the IC4A Championships before placing 23rd in the 5,000 at the NCAA East Regional.

Byrne, a junior, earned her first selection to the Academic All-America squad. The Vienna, Va., native has a 3.89 GPA as an honors English major at Navy, and enjoyed a strong junior campaign. She earned second-team All-League honors at the Women's Cross Country Championships with a ninth-place showing, which helped the Mids capture the overall team title. She also took 16th at the ECAC Cross Country Championships later in the fall.

Navy finished second at the League's Indoor Track and Field Championships, thanks in part to Byrne's gold-medal showing in the 5,000 and her fifth-place finish in the 3,000. Her time in the 5,000 (17:03.16) was the second-fastest in school history.

The Mids came back to win the Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championship at the League meet in early May in Worcester, Mass. Byrne did her part by taking third in the 10,000.

Byrne, who was recognized by CoSIDA for the first time last month with her first-team Academic All-District nod, is a two-time member of the Academic All-Patriot League team in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field.

Thursday's announcement brings the Patriot League's total to 10 Academic All-America selections for the 2011-12 academic year. Five of those student-athletes have been named to the first team.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution, be nominated by his/her sports information director and have earned first-team Academic All-District status.

Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 15,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

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