NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Amherst College men's track & field team earned United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team honors and five student-athletes were named All-Academic Individuals as recently announced by the organization.
In total, there were 112 men's teams and 175 women's teams honored by the Association for success in the classroom and in competition. Amherst was one of eight NESCAC teams to earn the distinction, and finished second behind Middlebury College (3.52) with a team grade-point average of 3.49.
Including the Scholar Athletes of the Year, a total of 293 men from 106 institutions earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors during the 2015-16 track & field season.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Team, the student athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.3 and have met at least one of the following athletic standards:
- Competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship
- Finished the regular season ranked in the national top 35 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 25 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org
The Purple & White's five representatives were third most by a NESCAC school behind Middlebury's 11 selections, and Williams College's 10 honorees. Amherst was one of eight league members to have individuals earn the recognition.
Amherst's five student-athletes named All-Academic Individuals include Chris Butko '18, Kevin Connors '17, Brent Harrison '16, Jeff Seelaus '16, and Kristian Sogaard '19.
During the 2015-16 season, Amherst finished second during three indoor track & field competitions, and capped the indoor portion of the slate with a 60th (of 98 teams) place showing at the NCAA Division III Championships. During the outdoor season, the Purple & White claimed third at its home invitational (April 9), before finishing sixth at the NESCAC Championships. Amherst capped its impressive team season with an 11th place mark at the ECAC Division III Outdoor Championships (May 18-19).