AUSTIN, Texas (June 23, 2015) – Caltech men’s cross country and track & field junior Aditya Bhagavathi (Plainsboro, N.J. / West Windsor-Plainsboro) has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Second Team. He becomes the third Beaver in Caltech history to earn Academic All-America status – the second this spring – and is the first to surpass Third Team recognition.
Bhagavathi set program records in the 8k for cross country (25:34.7) and the 5,000-meter run in both indoor (14:48.94) and outdoor (14:46.66) track & field, claiming the SCIAC title in the outdoor 5,000m. He was named All-West Region in cross country and qualified for the NCAA Championships, where he placed 139th. Bhagavathi also ran top-5 times in program history in the 1,500-meter run and 3,000-meter run, recording a Top-30 time in Division III in the indoor 5,000m. The two-time All-SCIAC honoree helped lead the Beavers to their first SCIAC dual meet victory since 2011 in track & field and a tie for sixth place in the conference for cross country. He has also been recognized with USTFCCCA All-Academic and SCIAC All-Academic honors.
Student-athletes must maintain a cumulative, non-rounded 3.30 GPA, have completed at least one calendar year at the nominating institution and reached at least sophomore athletic standing to be eligible for nomination.
Bhagavathi joins men's water polo sophomore Chris Bradley (Half Moon Bay, Calif. / Serra) and track & field graduate Jeremy Liebs (2004-05) - both of whom made the Third Team - as the only Beavers to earn Academic All-America status in Caltech history.