CoSIDA TRACK & FIELD & CROSS COUNTRY ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAMS RELEASE
GREENWOOD, Ind. – Sophomore harrier Clark Ricciardelli of the Amherst College men's cross country and track & field teams has been selected to the 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic All-District Men's Track/Cross Country First Team, as voted on by CoSIDA, for his combined performance on the playing field and in the classroom, as announced by the organization Tuesday.
A Mathematics major with a 4.04 grade point average, Ricciardelli has excelled on the courses and tracks across New England in his first two seasons for the Mammoths, specializing in the 8K for the cross country team and in the 10,000 meter race as a member of track & field.
In a breakout sophomore season, the Hingham, Mass. native landed First Team All-NESCAC laurels in cross county after posting a fourth place finish (25:20.5) at the annual conference meet before garnering a cross country All-America nod after taking 33rd at the NCAA Championships with a time of 24:54.48.
Moving into the winter and spring, Ricciardelli continued to impress, notching a second place finish in the 10,000 meter race at the NESCAC Championships to earn All-NESCAC track & field accolades before crossing the finish line in 31:06.21 at the Outdoor NCAA Championships to earn eighth overall in the event and USTFCCCA All-America honors.
Outside of his work at Amherst, Ricciardelli has interned with FoxRock Properties LLC with a focus in property development, acquisition, leasing, and management and helped developed a system for indoor vegetable growth for charity.
In total, 86 student-athletes earned First Team Academic All-District distinction across eight geographic districts in the United States and Canada, with Ricciardelli claiming one of 10 spots in District 1 (MA, ME, NH, VT). Ricciardelli is one of seven student-athletes from NESCAC institutions to earn the honor.
First Team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America ballot, with First and Second Team Academic All-America honorees to be announced in June.
For more information about CoSIDA's Google Cloud Academic All-District and Academic All-America Teams program, visit AcademicAllAmerica.com or the Academic All-America home page on CoSIDA.com.