Carrying a 5.0 GPA, junior D. Carrington Motley was presented with the NCAA Elite 89 Award at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championship May 20 at St. Lawrence University. Motley becomes the third student-athlete this school year to receive this accolade. A mechanical engineering major, he is the ninth MIT student-athlete to earn this award since it was established during the 2009-10 season.
The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships.
Motley will be competing in the triple jump on Saturday, May 23 — the final day of the NCAA Championship meet. Last week, he registered a career-best leap in the event at the ECAC Division III Championship with a jump of 48-07.25. Motley earned a pair of New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference honors in the long jump and triple jump, while earning an Academic All-Conference accolade.