June 21, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
For the second consecutive year, Cody Rome has been selected to the Capital One Academic All-America second team for men's track and field/cross country, it was announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Rome joins Mark Van Orden (2009 and '10) as the only student-athletes in program history to earn consecutive Academic All-America honors.
Rome, an applied mathematics major with a 3.58 GPA, concluded a spectacular career this season as he helped Navy defeat Army in cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field. Rome finished first in the cross country meet, won the mile at the indoor track and field Star Meet and doubled at the outdoor Star Meet, winning the 1,500m and the 5,000m.
Rome was Navy's top finisher in five of eight cross country meets last fall and was instrumental in helping the Mids to their fourth consecutive Patriot League championship. Rome finished eighth at the conference championship, earning second-team All-Patriot League accolades. He ended the season by placing 18th at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, garnering all-region honors.
Rome's cross country academic awards included USTFCCCA All-Academic honors and being named to the Patriot League Cross Country All-Academic Team.
On the track, Rome capped off his senior year by helping Navy to a runner-up finish at the outdoor league championship meet with second-place finishes in the 1,500m and the 5,000m. Rome also earned All-East honors by placing second in the 1,500m at the IC4A Championship and placed 23rd in the 5,000m at the NCAA East Regional.
During indoor season, Rome nearly broke his own record in the 3,000m run with a 7:55.24 to win the event at Notre Dame's Alex Wilson Invitational. He later led Navy to a runner-up finish at the Patriot League Indoor Championship by winning both the 3,000m and the 5,000m. Rome's first-place time (14:10.63) in the 5,000m was the third-best indoor time in school history.
Rome was named the Patriot League Men's Indoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second straight season and also earned a spot on the all-academic team. He was also voted to the conference's all-academic team for outdoor track and field.
In total, he finished his career with five individual Patriot League titles, six runner-up finishes and was a three-time NCAA East Regional qualifier.
Prior to graduation last month, Rome received the Naval Academy's most prestigious athletic honor as he was the recipient of the NAAA Sword for Men. The award is presented to that man of the graduating class who is considered by the Association's Athletic Council to have personally excelled in men's athletics during his years of varsity competition.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution, be nominated by his/her sports information director and have earned first-team Academic All-District status.