CHICAGO – University of Chicago's Laura Darcey and Ryan Cutter were each chosen to the 2019-20 Academic All-America® Men's and Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Both student-athletes earned spots on the Academic All-America Second Team.
Darcey concluded her accomplished collegiate career by being named the 2020 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Women's Field Athlete of the Year. She received the accolade thanks for a historic indoor track & field season that saw her submit the fourth-best indoor pentathlon mark in NCAA Division III history (3,794 points). As the nation's leader in the pentathlon, the senior economics major also stood out nationally in the jumps – she ranked third in the indoor high jump and seventh in the indoor long jump.
Darcey owns four school records – indoor high jump, outdoor high jump, pentathlon and heptathlon. She collected six All-American awards at the NCAA Championships and eight conference titles within the University Athletic Association (UAA).
Cutter garnered a pair of All-American honors during his impressive junior season. The environmental science major placed ninth at the 2019 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship, and was named a 2020 USTFCCCA Track & Field All-American in the indoor one mile.
A two-time All-American in cross country, Cutter's 2019 fall campaign was highlighted by title victories at the NCAA Midwest Regional and the UAA Championship. In track and field, Cutter is a two-time NCAA indoor qualifier in the one mile and 3,000 meters. He is also a two-time UAA defending champion in the indoor 3,000 meters.
The CoSIDA Academic All-America Teams are voted upon by the membership of CoSIDA. Academic All-America recipients must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at their current institution.