McGovern, Ivanov Named Academic All-Americans
(AUSTIN, Texas) – Two Carnegie Mellon University men's track and field athletes have been selected to the 2023 Academic All-America® men's cross country and track and field team as selected by the College Sports Communicators for NCAA Division III. Juniors Andrew McGovern and Alex Ivanov each earned their first selection with McGovern named to the first team and Ivanov to the third team.
This prestigious award for McGovern and Ivanov marks the 18th year a Carnegie Mellon men's cross country or track and field athlete has been recognized as an Academic All-American and the seventh time at least two have earned the award in the same year.
McGovern is a mechanical engineering student who currently carries a 3.97 GPA. This year, the junior was recognized as the 2023 Mid-Atlantic Region Men's Track Athlete of the Year following the outdoor season in which he ranked seventh nationally in the 400-meter hurdles. McGovern competed in his second NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships meet this year in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing 18th. As a freshman, McGovern placed sixth to earn his first All-America honor. McGovern placed sixth in the 800-meter run this indoor season to earn his second All-America honor. Additional honors this year for the junior runner include two University Athletic Association (UAA) titles at the outdoor championships in the 4x800-meter relay with a school-record time and the 400-meter hurdles. For the year, McGovern earned five all-region honors.
In addition to McGovern's mechanical engineering major, he is pursuing minors in robotics and business administration. He spent the 2022 summer as a design and engineering intern at General Dynamics Electric Boat. The Tau Beta Pi Honor Society member is a 2023 mechanical engineering intern at Locus Robotics in Massachusetts.
Like McGovern, Ivanov carries a 3.97 GPA as a mechanical engineering major. He first competed on the national stage at the 2022 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 800-meter run. This year, the junior earned All-America honors in the same event at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships by placing seventh. Ivanov won the same race at the UAA Indoor Championships and set a new UAA record, displacing the time previously set in 1999. During the outdoor season, Ivanov was part of the 4x800-meter relay that set a new school record and won the UAA title. He also competed at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 800-meter run and earned five all-region honors between the two seasons.
In a class this past fall, Ivanov worked on a wristband water bottle opener to help people with weakened grip strength open water bottles, and he is an engineering intern at CannonDesign in Boston this summer.