Scheetz Tabbed USTFCCCA Regional Track Athlete of the Year

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Coming off another stellar spring season, junior Ben Scheetz (Lancaster, PA) continues to rack up postseason accolades, taking home USTFCCCA Men's Regional Athlete of the Year honors just days before the start of the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Delaware, Ohio.

Sixteen male and sixteen female student-athletes from the organization's eight regions were honored by the USTFCCCA, with Scheetz garnering praise as New England's Track Athlete of the Year.

Already named the Indoor season's Men's Athlete of the Year, Scheetz entered the spring after a tremendous winter campaign in which he captured the 800-meter championship with a Capital Center Track record time of 1:51.26 – becoming just the second male in program history to claim a national title. 

The school's indoor recordholder in the 400, 500, 600 and 800 Scheetz has carried that momentum into the outdoor season, registering a top-qualifying time of 1:48.71 in the 800-meter run at Princeton's Larry Ellis Memorial Invitational – shattering the Lord Jeffs' old record by 1.51 seconds. 

The Lancaster, PA native, who earned the 2011 ECAC Division III 400-meter title with a time of 47.79, also captured the New England ICAAAA and NESCAC 800-meter championships with times of 1:49.52 and 1:53.44, respectively.

In addition to his individual success, Scheetz, the NESCAC's 1500-meter champion, has helped anchor the Lord Jeffs 4x400 relay team, which qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a program-record time of 3:15.10 at the Open New England meet. With Scheetz in the mix, Amherst's 4x400 relay placed first at the Little Three Championships with a time of 3:22.79, while taking home their second consecutive NESCAC crown, crossing the tape with a championship best mark of 3:19.18.

Scheetz, the Lord Jeffs' 4x400 relay team and junior Melissa Sullivan (Dallas, TX) open competition at the DIII Outdoor Championships at the Selby Field and George Gauthier Track on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University on Thursday, May 26.

For more information on the rest of the Regional Award Winners please visit the USTFCCCA Website.