Scheetz Earns Academic All-America Selection

Contact: Justin Long

Scheetz is Amherst's first-ever male runner
to earn Academic All-America honors.

AMHERST, Mass. – Recent Amherst College graduate Ben Scheetz ’12 was named to the prestigious Capital One Academic All-America Team today as one of the most outstanding track & field student-athletes in all of Division III.

Scheetz and Keri Lambert ’13—who earned an Academic All-America selection on the women’s side today—became the 26th and 27th Lord Jeffs to earn the honor, joining some of the most accomplished student-athletes in Amherst history.

Of Amherst’s 27 Academic All-America honorees, only seven have been selected to the First Team. Scheetz is the school’s first-ever male runner to earn the distinction, as he joins Connecticut College’s Michael LeDuc ’14 (Third Team) in representing the NESCAC on this year’s Academic All-America ranks.

Scheetz graduated from Amherst last month with a B-plus average as a physics major. He holds 10 school records in indoor and outdoor track & field and is one of only two national champions in the program’s history, as he captured the title in the 800-meter run during the 2011 indoor season.

A native of Lancaster, Pa., Scheetz was a two-time USTFCCCA National Indoor Track Athlete of the Year. Honored as the Most Outstanding Performer at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships, he was also recognized as the 2011 USTFCCCA Scholar Athlete of the Year.

After serving as a captain for Amherst’s cross country team in the fall, Scheetz recorded the fastest time in Division III history in the 800-meter run (1:47.43) during the indoor season. For his efforts, he was named to the prestigious Bowerman Watch List, an honor typically reserved for Division I athletes. Scheetz wrapped up his collegiate career by placing seventh in the 800-meter run at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, good enough for another All-America honor.  

The Capital One Academic All-America teams are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The award, which was introduced in 1952, aims to recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined athletic and academic performances.

Amherst College Academic All-America Honorees

2012 XC/Track Academic All-America Team