Six Carnegie Mellon scholar athletes receive honors

Six Carnegie Mellon scholar athletes received both academic and athletic honors this week. Junior track and field runner Brian Harvey, and two tennis players, senior Amy Staloch and first-year Jennifer Chui, received the title of the University Athletic Association (UAA) Athlete of the Week. In addition, junior Carolyn Clayton, senior Geoff Misek, first-year J.P. Allera, and Harvey were all named to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team (USTFCCA).

Harvey was named Men’s Indoor Track and Field UAA Athlete of the Week for his success at the Kent State University Tune-Up on Saturday, Feb. 23. With a second place finish in the 5000-meter, Harvey recorded a time of 14:43.94. Harvey’s time was not only his second NCAA Division III provisional qualifying time this season, but also a new school record. This is his third record of the season, following times in the 1,500-meter and one-mile events.

Staloch and Chui were named Women’s Tennis UAA Athletes of the Week based on their combined and individual performances at Kenyon College on Saturday, Feb. 23. The talented duo posted an 8–0 victory over Kenyon in first doubles, which puts the players at 12–2 for the season. Staloch and Chui also had individual successes, with Staloch posting a 6–0, 6–2 victory in first singles and Chui scoring 6–3, 6–2 in second singles.

Also last week, Clayton, Misek, Allera, and Harvey were named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team. Clayton is one of 203 Division III female athletes to receive this honor, while Misek, Allera, and Harvey are three of 150 males to be named to the team. In order to qualify for the All-Academic Team, a scholar athlete must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.5 and finish in the top 25th percentile of the field at his or her NCAA regional meet.

To qualify for the All-Academic Team for the first time, Clayton finished 63rd and Allera finished 25th at the Mideast Regional meet Nov. 10. Misek was named to the team for his fourth year in a row; he placed 12th at the meet with a time of 25:11. Harvey won the regional meet and is on the All-Academic Team for his third year in a row.

Track and field next compete March 7–9 at Case Western Reserve University for the UAA championship. Over spring break, the tennis team travels to Claremont, Calif. to compete against top-ranked universities including Claremont Mudd-Scripps, University of the South, and Pomona College.