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By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 07/24/2013
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NEW ORLEANS (7/24/13) - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has announced the women's 2013 Division I All-Academic Track & Field team. Earning the honors for Princeton are sophomore Emily de La Bruyere, senior Abby Levene, senior Mel Newbery, sophomore Jackie Nicholas, freshman Julia Ratcliffe and senior Tory Worthen.

The women's track & field team also qualified with a cumulative 3.19 GPA to earn USTFCCCA All-Academic team honors.

de La Bruyere qualified based on her performance during the indoor season. She ranked 65th in the nation in the 3,000. An injury sidelined her outdoor season. de La Bruyere was also a USTFCCCA All-Academic selection during the cross country season where she also earned all-region honors.

Levene qualified in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Indoor she was 59th in the 5,000 and 76th in the 3,000. During outdoors she qualified for the East Regional in the 10k. During her season year Levene was a scorer in all four distance races at Heps, including the 3 and 5k indoors and the 5 and 10k outdoors.

Newbery competed in the steeplechase at the East Regional. She owns one of the top-5 steeplechase times in Princeton history, while also owning the school record in the 4x1500. Newbery was named an USTFCCCA All-Academic in 2010.

Nicholas was ranked 73rd in the 5k indoors. She was a scorer in both the 3 and 5k at Indoor Heps and was an all-Ivy and all-region runner during cross country season.

Ratcliffe ranked 35th in the weight throw during the indoor season. Outdoors she was a second-team All-America in the hammer throw finishing 11th in the nation. Ratcliffe owns both program records in the weight and hammer and is the Ivy League record holder in the hammer.

Worthen was 42nd in the indoor pole vault and competed at the Regional in the event during the outdoor season. She became the first female at Princeton to sweep eight consecutive Heps titles in the same event. Worthen qualified for the outdoor regionals three times during her career. This is her fourth time earning All-Academic honors.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).

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