NCAA Champ Nelson Named 2012 Division III Cross Country Men’s Scholar Athlete of the Year

NCAA Champ Nelson Named 2012 Division III Cross Country Men’s Scholar Athlete of the Year

NEW ORLEANS – Tim Nelson of UW-Stout was named the USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Men’s Scholar Athlete of the Year for the 2012 cross country season by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). This fall, Nelson was the individual winner of the DIII NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Scholar Athletes are determined from among those who earned All-Academic status and placed highest individually at the most recent NCAA Championships.

Cross Country Men’s Scholar Athlete of the Year – Tim Nelson, UW-Stout

Nelson, a senior business administration major from Augusta, Wis., has earned a 3.701 cumulative grade point average through the 2012 fall semester.

En route to winning the individual title at the DIII NCAA Championships Nelson led nearly the entire race apart from a few minutes at the very beginning. He crossed the line in the 8k race in 24:26.80, eight seconds ahead of runner-up Bobby Over of Allegheny.

In the lead-up to the NCAA Championships he also captured the individual crown at the NCAA Midwest Regional and the WIAC title by about 25 seconds over the next-closest finisher. He also added an individual DIII title at the Roy Griak Invitational, and finished in the top 40 of the adidas Wisconsin Invitational among top-flight DI talent.

Past Winners

2012: Tim Nelson, UW-Stout
2011: Ben Sathre, St. Thomas (Minn.)
2010: Anders Hulleberg, Haverford
2009: Ricky Flynn, Lynchburg
2008: Brian Chenoweth, Wartburg
2007: Chris Erichsen, Saint John’s (Minn.)
2006: Will Leer, Pomona-Pitzer

162 Earn All-Academic Status

In addition to the Scholar Athlete of the Year, the USTFCCCA also announced those men who earned 2012 Division III All-Academic Cross Country status.

A total of 162 student-athletes represent the 85 institutions that compose the group. Calvin led all teams in both genders and all divisions with seven named to the All-Academic list. Pomona-Pitzer and UW-La Crosse followed among DIII men’s squads with five. The UAA picked up the most nods among conferences with 16. The SCIAC was second-most among conferences with 15.

Twelve of the top 25 finishers from the NCAA Cross Country Championships in the fall earned All-Academic honors. Seven on the All-Academic list reported cumulative GPAs of 4.0 through the fall semester.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or greater through the most-recent semester and placed in the top 35 at the NCAA Regional Championships.

USTFCCCA 2012 Division III Men’s Cross Country All-Academic Honorees

Student-Athlete Institution
Andrew Erskine Amherst College
Micheale Tesema Augsburg College
Keith Sands Augustana College (Illinois)
Jonathan  Smith Augustana College (Illinois)
Kenneth Whitney Bates College
Andrew  Wortham Bates College
Matthew Berens Bethel University (Minnesota)
Robert Willett Birmingham-Southern College
Tim Miller Bridgewater College (Virginia)
Ryan  Speray Bridgewater College (Virginia)
Job Christiansen Calvin College
Sam Kerk Calvin College
Dan Kerr Calvin College
Nick Kramer Calvin College
David  VandeBunte Calvin College
Matt VanderRoest Calvin College
Greg Whittle Calvin College
George Degen Carnegie Mellon University
Evan Gates Carnegie Mellon University
Ken Murphy Carnegie Mellon University
Josh Newby Carnegie Mellon University
David Dixon Case Western Reserve University
Christopher  Kelly Case Western Reserve University
Cole Decker Central College (Iowa)
Brent Ewing Central College (Iowa)
Andrew Jackson Central College (Iowa)
Albert Anastasio Centre College
John Kieffer Centre College
Josh Rieskamp Centre College
Rafer Dannenhauer Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges
Bennett Naden Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges
Sam Pitcavage Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges
Brian Sutter Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges
Luke Hutchings-Goetz College of Wooster
Graham Frank Colorado College
Andrew Duarte Connecticut College
Michael LeDuc Connecticut College
Nate Noll DeSales University
Ryan  Steinbock Dickinson College
Alex Strenta Dickinson College
Carlos Orellana Eastern Mennonite University
Josh Williams Edgewood College
Hank Ashforth Emory University
Patrick Crews Emory University
Lukas Mees Emory University
Eddie Mulder Emory University
William Jones Franciscan University of Steubenville
Nick Edinger Geneva College
Frank Canady Grinnell College
Erik Figge Grinnell College
David Cason Guilford College
Andris Goncarovs Guilford College
Chad Norton Guilford College
Nathan  Dobbins Hamline University
Brendan Ruter Hamline University
Avi Bregman Haverford College
Peter Kissin Haverford College
Brian Sokas Haverford College
Chris Stadler Haverford College
Nathan  Bickell Ithaca College
David Geary Ithaca College
Sawyer Hitchcock Ithaca College
Pat O’Brien John Carroll University
Joshua Baker Johns Hopkins University
Schaffer Ochstein Johns Hopkins University
Austin Stecklair Johns Hopkins University
Sam Lagasse Kenyon College
Jarrod Nixon Lewis & Clark College
Samuel Smith Lewis & Clark College
Joe Gladow Linfield College
Austin Steil Loras College
Austin Bauer Luther College
Marty Mitchell Luther College
Anthony McBride Lynchburg College
Joshua Grant Lyndon State College
Jonathon Caffarelli Manchester University
Curtis Nordmann Manchester University
Caleb Muller Marietta College
Dillon Farrell Moravian College
Tyler Smith Muskingum University
John Rutford Nebraska Wesleyan University
Tim Hird North Central College
Daniel Kerley North Central College
Geno Arthur Oberlin College
Charlie Sauter Occidental College
Colin Smith Occidental College
Tyler Shipley Pacific University (Oregon)
John Fowler Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
Benjamin Girodias Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
Alexander Johann Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
George Johnson Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
Pryor Stroud Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
Wylie Mangelsdorf Principia College
Noah Brown Rhodes College
Timothy Smith Roanoke College
Michael Carotenuto Rowan University
Jonathan Sewnig Rowan University
Thomas Feichtinger Saint John’s University (Minnesota)
Chansler Poole Saint Vincent College
Kyle Tockman Salisbury University
Joe Farrand Simpson College
Ryan O’Connell Springfield College
Brendan Courneene St. Lawrence University
Jake Campbell St. Olaf College
Tim Lillehaugen St. Olaf College
Brian Saksa St. Olaf College
Grant Wintheiser St. Olaf College
Timothy Lee State University of New York at Cortland
Tim Chambers State University of New York at Geneseo
Chris  Mateer State University of New York at Geneseo
Jacob Phillips Swarthmore College
Andy Gallagher The College of New Jersey
Robert  Edmonds Trinity University (Texas)
Taylor  Piske Trinity University (Texas)
Tyler Andrews Tufts University
Matthew Rand Tufts University
Andrew Shapero Tufts University
Alex Forbess University of La Verne
Bryan Hayes University of La Verne
Matt Sustayta University of La Verne
Nate Grimm University of Mount Union
Justin Bigelow University of Puget Sound
Matthew Klein University of Puget Sound
John Bernstein University of Rochester
Adam Pacheck University of Rochester
Mark Rollfs University of Rochester
Ethan Armbruster University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)
C.J. Seifert University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)
Keaton Wendroth University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)
Aaron Easker University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Jeremy Kieser University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Josh Dedering University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
Tom  Linner University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
Jacob Peterson University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
Nathan  Routhier University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
Samuel Simones University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
John Dewitt University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
Ian LaMere University of Wisconsin, Platteville
Tim  Nelson University of Wisconsin, Stout
Nick Boyce Wabash College
Dalton Boyer Wabash College
Shane Hoerbert Wabash College
Billy  McManus Wabash College
Bennett Moser Wartburg College
Chase Moser Wartburg College
Samuel  Read Wartburg College
Scott Ryan Washington and Jefferson College
David Hamm Washington University (Missouri)
Garrett Patrick Washington University (Missouri)
Kevin  Sparks Washington University (Missouri)
Bryan Marsh Wesleyan University (Connecticut)
Mark Phillips Wheaton College (Illinois)
Jake Waterman Wheaton College (Illinois)
Hayden Schmidt Whittier College
Christopher MacMurray Whitworth University
Parker Bennett Willamette University
Nathan Conrad Willamette University
Wade Davis Williams College
Maxwell LaBerge Williams College
Christopher Lee Williams College
Scott Rodilitz Williams College
Timothy Hartung York College (Pennsylvania)


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