CoSIDA TRACK & FIELD & CROSS COUNTRY ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAMS RELEASE
AMHERST, Mass. – Senior standout Spencer Ferguson-Dryden of the Amherst College track & field and cross country teams has been selected to the 2020 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Men's Track/Cross Country First Team, as voted on by CoSIDA, for his combined academic and athletic performance.
A computer science and political science double major with a 3.90 GPA, Ferguson-Dryden excelled on the courses and tracks across New England as a three-time USTFCCCA All-Region honoree this year en route to making his first appearance on the prestigious CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.
Captaining the cross country team in the fall, Ferguson-Dryden didn't fall outside the top-20 in any of the Mammoths' six meets leading up to Nationals and was the first Mammoth across the finish line at every meet in an impressive display of consistency. Placing 14th overall at the NESCAC Championships, he clinched Second Team All-Conference honors before crossing the finish line in 25:10.6 at Regionals to take 11th and claim USTFCCCA All-Region praise. Closing out his collegiate career on a high note at the NCAA Championships, Ferguson-Dryden posted a 56th place finish at the 279-harrier national meet - cutting his previous best-finish at the national meet in half.
On the track, Ferguson-Dryden ran to USTFCCCA All-Region honors at the New England Indoor Championship, placing third overall in the mile and helping the Mammoths' distance medley relay quartet take gold and earn the distinction of being a 2020 Regional Champion. Ranked inside the top-50 in Division III in the mile (21st) and DMR (5th) before the cancellation of the NCAA Indoor Championships, Ferguson-Dryden was named a USTFCCCA All-American for his efforts.
In what stood as his final outdoor track & field season last spring, Ferguson-Dryden qualified and competed in the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 1500m run, finishing 17th overall.
A seven-time NESCAC All-Academic Team honoree, Ferguson-Dryden has also landed USTFCCCA All-Academic accolades and was one of three seniors awarded the 2020 Densmore Berry Collins Prize in Political Science by Amherst College – an award given annually in memory of Mr. Collins, of the Class of 1940, for the best honors thesis in political science.
In total, 87 student-athletes earned All-District distinction across eight geographic districts in the United States and Canada, with Ferguson-Dryden claiming one of the 12 spots in District 1 (MA, ME). The San Francisco, Calif. Native is one of just three student-athletes from NESCAC institutions to earn the honor.
First Team Academic All-District honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot, with Academic All-America selections set to be announced from June 22-25.