Scheetz Named USTFCCCA National Men's Athlete of the Year

AMHERST, MA – Amherst College junior Ben Scheetz '12 (Lancaster, PA) has been named the National Men's Athlete of the Year for the 2011 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field season, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced today. 

Scheetz became only the second man in program history to win a national title at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, as his time of 1:51.26 in the 800-meter run was good enough to edge Wabash's Jake Waterman by six one-hundredths of a second. Earlier in the championship meet Scheetz placed fourth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.66, and later in the day he would anchor the 4×400 relay to a sixth-place finish. 

As the only male to attempt both the 400 and 800 at the indoor championships, Scheetz took home Most Outstanding Performer honors and helped the Lord Jeffs place sixth with 18 points, which are both program bests. 

Scheetz also joined Central's Ethan Miller in earning three All-America certificates for their performances at the national championships. Helping to represent Amherst in the All-America ranks are Tommy Moore '11 (Marlborough, MA), Andrew Reed '12 (Riverside, CT) and Matt Melton '14 (Wall, NJ), who were also part of the 4x400 relay. Moore and Scheetz also earned All-America honors last year for their performance in the Distance Medley Relay. 

Melissa Sullivan '12 (Dallas, TX) represents the Amherst women on the All-America Team, as she placed eighth in the mile run with a time of 5:02 at the indoor championships. This marks the second All-America honor for Sullivan, who placed fourth in the mile run as a sophomore at the 2010 indoor championships.  

A total of 151 men and 135 women combined to win 336 USTFCCCA All-America honors as a result of performances from the national championships. For more information visit the USTFCCCA website.