Ricciardelli Tabbed First Team Google Cloud Academic All-America by CoSIDA

Ricciardelli Tabbed First Team Google Cloud Academic All-America by CoSIDA

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AMHERST ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA HISTORY

GREENWOOD, Ind. – Junior harrier Clark Ricciardelli of the Amherst College men's cross country and track & field teams has been named to the 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-America First Team, as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), for his combined excellence on the playing field and in the classroom.

Earning Academic All-America distinction for the second consecutive year after picking up Second Team honors in 2017-18, Ricciardelli is the 36th Academic All-America selection in Amherst College history and just the fourth-ever student-athlete, and first since 2013, to twice earn the prestigious honor – joining Keri Lambert '13, Kendra Stern '11 and Lennard Kovacs '12. He is just the ninth Amherst College student-athlete to land First Team praise since the program began in 1952.

The fourth member of the men's cross country and track & field teams to earn the noteworthy honor alongside Romey Sklar '15 (Third Team, 2015), Andrew Erskine '13 (Third Team, 2013) and Ben Scheetz '12 (First Team, 2012), 45 total men's harriers were named Google Cloud Academic All-America, with the First, Second and Third team each comprised of 15 student-athletes.

A Mathematics major with a 4.00 grade point average, Ricciardelli has excelled on the courses and tracks across New England in three seasons with the Mammoths, specializing in the 8K for the cross country team and in the 5,000 meter and 10,000 meter races as a member of track & field.

Claiming First Team Academic All-District and Second Team Academic All-American honors last year, the Hingham, Mass. native picked up where he left off both academically and athletically in his junior season.

A four-time All-American across both sports, Ricciardelli added two All-America laurels to his resume this season, securing the distinction in cross country for the second consecutive fall after finishing 25th overall at the NCAA Championships behind a 24:53.2 mark and earning an All-America nod at the 2019 Indoor track NCAA Championships with a second place finish in the 5,000m run (14:28.54).

Apart from his All-American honors, Ricciardelli has also been named a 2018 USTFCCCA All-Academic selection, a 2018 cross country First Team All-NESCAC selection (6th of 154), the 2019 Track NESCAC Individual Champion in the outdoor 10,000m run and a 2019 track & field All-NESCAC selection over the past year, and clinched fourth overall at the cross country New England Regionals to lead Amherst to the team title and an automatic bid to NCAA Championship.

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, 11 men repeated as Academic All-America selections this year, with 13 of the 45 student-athletes posting a 4.0 grade-point average. Ricciardelli is the lone NESCAC representative on the Academic All-America First Team, while four total NESCAC harriers captured a spot on one of the three teams.