GENEVA, Ohio – It was a fitting end to what is undoubtedly, one of the best seasons a Cardinal student-athlete has ever produced in the history of Wesleyan Athletics. Two-sport star Grace Devanny ’23 completed competition at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Saturday afternoon with a runner-up finish in the 400m and an eighth place finish in the 200m, earning All-American honors in both events.
With those accomplishments secured, Devanny picked up her third and fourth First Team All-American selection in the 2021-22 season. She started in the fall, becoming the first All-American in Wesleyan women’s soccer history, earning a First Team honor as a forward. Devanny then placed seventh in the 200m at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the winter and with today’s finishes, she has secured First Team All-American honors in all three seasons (fall, winter, spring), becoming the first Cardinal in the history of Wesleyan University to accomplish that feat. Wesleyan has seen multiple student-athletes earn All-American honors in all three seasons previously, but each had at least one season where they were an honorable mention All-American. Devanny is the first-ever Cardinal to earn First Team All-American in all three seasons in one academic year.
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Grace Devanny ’23 with a sensational performance in the NCAA 400m finals, taking a runner-up finish with a school record time of 54 seconds ????? pic.twitter.com/LnLLRMj2Fv
— Wesleyan Athletics (@wes_athletics) May 29, 2022
She started her historic day in the 400m, with her national runner-up finish. Coming in as the No. 2 seed, Devanny proved she can compete with the best of the best in the NCAA Div. III ranks as she posted a school record time of 54.00 seconds to finish in second place among nine sprinters in the final. She was runner-up to senior Kayla Armstrong of Concordia Univ. Chicago who crossed the line in 53.75 seconds. Devanny is the first Cardinal to ever earn All-American honors in the 400m event.
Devanny rounded out her day and completed her season in the 200m finals, where she placed eighth out of nine sprinters with a time of 24.26 seconds. This finish secured Devanny her second All-American honor of the afternoon and fourth total in the 2021-22 season.