Erskine, Lambert, Melton Earn Academic All-District Honors
Contact: Matthew Hart
AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College runners Andrew Erskine ’13, Keri Lambert ’13, and Matt Melton ’14 were honored for academic and athletic excellence recently when the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) released its Capital One Academic All-District Men's and Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Teams.
Erskine and Melton were two of 12 student-athletes named to the Men’s District I team, selected from institutions in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Colby’s Brian Desmond and John Gilboy also represented the NESCAC on the District I squad while Michael LeDuc of Connecticut College and Hasham Zikry of Hamilton earned spots on the District II and III teams, respectively.
Lambert, meanwhile, was one of 14 women and the lone NESCAC representative on the Women’s District I team. Agne Jakubauskaite of Hamilton was the conference’s only other honoree with a District III selection.
An Academic All-America pick last spring, Lambert adds her All-District selection to a long list of 2012-13 accolades. The history major 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. She 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.
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 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 then capping his career with a fourth-place 10k at the ECAC Championships.
Finally, Melton adds the academic honor after an impressive junior track and field season. The anthropology and architectural studies double major shone during the indoor season, earning All-America honors with a sixth-place finish in the 800 meters at the NCAA Championships. Shifting his focus to the 400m for the outdoor season, the junior placed third at the conference meet for All-NESCAC honors before matching that finish at the Division III New England meet then taking fourth at the ECAC Championships.
Each of the Academic All-District picks now advance to the Capital One Academic All-America ballot, where first-, second-, and third-team honorees will be selected later in June.