Men's Track & Field Earns All-Academic Honor
Contact: Ben Badua
AMHERST, Mass. - The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) recently honored the Amherst men’s program with its All-Academic award.
Eighty institutions nationwide earned the distinction after achieving a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.10 or higher. California Institute of Technology led all of Division III with a 3.53 GPA, followed by Principia (3.521), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (3.52) and Amherst (3.462). Washington University (Mo.) rounded out the top-five with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.467.
The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) boasted the largest number of All-Academic teams with nine, while the Northwest Conference and NESCAC tied for second with eight apiece. Connecticut College (3.45) and Middlebury College (3.43) joined Amherst in the top-10, ranking seventh and eighth, respectively, with Colby (3.26), Hamilton (3.14), Tufts (3.31), Wesleyan (3.16), and Williams (3.31) also garnering praise.
One of 24 NESCAC student-athletes and the lone Jeff to earn individual accolades, Matt Melton ’14 carries a 3.69 GPA while double majoring in anthropology and architectural studies. To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field team, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.30 and have either competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship, finished the regular season ranked in the national top-35 in an individual event or ranked in the national top-25 in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org.
A total of 232 student-athletes from 92 institutions earned All-Academic distinction for their efforts, with indoor and outdoor team champion UW-La Crosse finishing as the best represented school with 16 honorees.
Adding to his growing list of accolades, Melton was also one of 12 student-athletes to earn a spot on the CoSIDA District 1 All-Academic squad. During the indoor season, the rising senior placed sixth in the 800-meter run en route to All-America honors. Shifting his focus to the 400m for the outdoor season, he placed third and garnered All-NESCAC praise at the conference meet before matching that showing at the DIII New Englands.