Remembering Seamus wrote:
After that accomplishment, the Division 1 coaches voted to no longer allow Division 2 or 3 athletes to compete in the NCAA D1 meet. A reason was never widely circulated, but it was broadly understood that D1 coaches did not appreciate a D3 athlete coming in and stealing All-American slots from their athletes. Thus, Seamus McElligott was the last runner to ever accomplish this feat.
It actually was decided not to allow D2 and 3 runners BEFORE this race. Here is a write up from the Philadelphia Inquirer:
Haverford College runner Seamus McElligott crossed first at one national championship race last weekend and 35th at another, but it's hard to tell which satisfied him more.
The victory came at the Division III championships Saturday in Grinnell, Iowa, where McElligott covered 8,000 meters in 24 minutes, 47 seconds, and
qualified for the Division I championships two days later in Knoxville, Tenn.
Though he finished 35th overall in Knoxville, he was 25th among runners
from this country, just good enough to be named all-American in Division I.
Because the qualifying exemption for the Division III champion has been discontinued, McElligott will likely be the last runner to jump two divisions for some time.
"I think that's unfair, because it's only three runners, the Division III champion and the top two in Division II," he said. "It's kind of stupid to change the rule to keep three people out."
Another all-American out of the Division I race was Paul Vandergrift, from Archbishop Kennedy High School. Running for William & Mary, Vandergrift finished 20th overall with a time of 29:57.