June 21, 2011

Hannon Garners Academic All-America Honors

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Already an NCAA Elite 88 award recipient, MIT sophomore Kyle Hannon was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Track & Field team on Tuesday, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Hannon, a Third Team selection, becomes the 172nd Academic All-American in Institute history, the third most all-time and tops among Division III schools.

Hannon received the Elite 88 distinction at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championship as the student-athlete with the highest grade point average at the championship site. An Electrical Engineering and Computer Science major, Hannon has carried a perfect 5.0 GPA while achieving great success on the track as well.

Hannon qualified for the Indoor national meet in each of his first two years in Cambridge, participating in the mile as a freshman and returning as part of the Distance Medley Relay at this year's NCAA Championship. He helped the DMR capture a spot on the All-America podium, placing sixth overall, and led the Engineers to a 28th-place team result. Hannon won three events at the Division III New England Championships this year, taking first in the mile and DMR during the Indoor meet and anchoring the victorious 4x800 relay during the Outdoor season.

Hannon also received MIT's Kispert Award this spring as the top male student-athlete among Tech's 18 men's programs.

Hannon's All-America selection represents the eighth for the Cardinal and Gray in 2010-11 and 16th for the men's track and field and cross country programs. With 172 honorees in its history, MIT is tied with Penn State for third and stands alone among Division III Institutions on the all-time list. Tech hopes to add a few more to that total on Thursday, when the women's track and field teams are announced.