PASADENA, Calif. – Senior Alex Lapides was named to the Capital One Academic All-District VIII college level track/cross country team.
The native of Naperville, Ill., has tallied a 3.8 GPA as chemistry major at Caltech. He graduates on Friday morning. After receiving his degree he will study at UNC Chapel Hill doctoral program.
"I am so happy for Alex. He has meant a great deal to this program during his four years at Caltech," said head coach Julie Levesque said. "Alex is a model NCAA Division III student-athlete and for him to earn this honor is a testament to his hard work both on and off the track."
Lapides won the last two SCIAC high jump titles at the season ending league championships. In doing so he is one of eight Beaver track & field athletes to win consecutive conference championships. Furthermore, he hasn't lost a SCIAC dual meet the last two seasons.
During the 2010 season, he set the school high jump record when he cleared the bar at 6'6 ¾" in the season's last meet. Lapides broke the 17-year old record of 6'6 ½" set by Tim Magee.
In addition to his district honor, Lapides is a three-time member of the SCIAC all-academic team. He also served as the team captain as well as the team's SAAC representative this season.
Lapides is the first Caltech track/cross country student-athlete to earn Academic All-District honors since 2005 when Jeremy Leibs received the accolade. Leibs was eventually voted to the Academic All-American third team.
Lapides is now eligible to become a Capital One Academic All-American. There are eight voting districts and all first-team members from each district are qualified for eligibility in the nation-wide vote. The Capital One Academic All-American men's track/cross team will be announced on June 21.
The award is voted on by all members of CoSIDA's District VIII (College Sports Information Directors of America). The district encompasses all non-NCAA Division I level schools from the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Yukon.