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TOWSON, Md. – Recent Amherst College graduates Andrew Erskine '13 and Keri Lambert '13 were honored for academic and athletic excellence on Tuesday when the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) named them to the Capital One Academic All-America Division III Men's and Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Teams.
The only NESCAC student-athlete named to the 15-person women's first team, Lambert collected her second Academic All-America honor after earning third team recognition in 2012. Agne Jakubauskaite of Hamilton was the conference's only other women's honoree, earning a spot on the third team.
Meanwhile, Erskine earned his first career Academic All-America award with a third team nod, joining first team pick Michael LeDuc of Connecticut College and fellow third-teamer Brian Desmond of Colby as the NESCAC's representatives on the men's side of the prestigious list.
Lambert adds her award to a long list of 2012-13 accolades. The history major with an A average earned All-America honors in all three seasons as a senior, placing third at the NCAA Cross Country Championships before taking sixth in the 5,000 meters and helping the Distance Medley Relay squad to an eighth-place showing at Indoor Track Nationals. The Amherst native capped her stellar career with a third-place effort in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the outdoor championships, collecting her seventh total All-America honor.
Lambert is the third CoSIDA All-American in the history of the Amherst women's program and its first two-time honoree, with Elise Tropiano '09 and Carter Hamill '05 each earning the award as seniors. She joins former men's soccer standout Lennard Kovacs '12 and swimmer Kendra Stern '11 as the only two-time Academic All-Americans in Amherst history, dating back to the college's first participation in the program in 1982.
Erskine, meanwhile, enjoyed another strong fall while captaining the men's cross country team. After qualifying for nationals as a junior, the computer science and mathematics double major with an A average just missed the NCAA meet in 2012 but still collected All-New England honors with a 29th-place finish at the regional championship. He also earned All-NESCAC honors in outdoor track with a third-place showing in the 10,000 meters before taking seventh in the 5k at the All-New England Championships. The Stamford, Conn. native capped his career with a fourth-place 10k at the ECAC Championships.
Erskine's selection marks the second consecutive year in which the men's team has been represented on the national list as he joins Ben Scheetz '12 as the only two recipients of the award in program history.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.