AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College juniors Hayes Honea of the volleyball team and John Rak of the football team have been selected by the membership of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) as members of the 2017 Academic All-District teams for their academic, athletic and community achievements this year.
Both Honea and Rak will advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, with first-, second- and third-team Academic All-America honorees to be announced in December.
Honea carries an impressive academic profile with a double-major in economics and Spanish. The libero of the Mammoth's volleyball team that went 17-10 and advanced to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) postseason tournament, she has collected 492 digs this season, an average of 4.82 digs per set, good for fourth in the conference. Honea also has 73 assists and 26 service aces.
A member of the NESCAC All-Academic team again this season, Honea has completed an externship with Putnam Investments, was a participant in a 9-week Intro to the Finance Industry workshop series, and has received an offer to participate in JP Morgan's 2018 Investment Banking Internship. She is also the Co-President of Amherst Dance.
Rak has played both defensive back and placekicker, the latter of which earned him his spot on the Academic All-District Team. He has appeared in all nine games for the Mammoths, who went 7-2 this year, finishing tied for second in the NESCAC. On the defensive end, Rak has been in on 30 tackles by himself and assisted on ten more, ranking fourth on the team with 4.4 tackles per game. He has also recovered a fumble and broken up a pass, and punted once for 46 yards.
With his leg, Rak has been good on eight field goals this year, including his season-long, a 48 yarder in a 36-6 win at Hamilton. The junior double-major in math and physics has also connected on 33 of 35 extra points. An active member of Amherst LEADS, Rak has served as a systems engineering intern with Raytheon, where he has designed, written and implemented scripts for software tests.
The Academic All-District® teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. The CoSIDA Academic All-America® program separately recognizes honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and College Division. The College Division includes all NAIA, Canadian, two-year schools, and other affiliations.
The Division II and III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2017-18 DII and DIII Academic All-America® teams.
For more information about the Academic All-District® and Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit the Academic AllAmerica® home page on CoSIDA.com.