Courtesy of Tufts and Williams Sports Information
HADLEY, Mass. - Seniors Tim Nichols of Tufts and Peter Hale of Williams, along with junior Tobias Muellers of Williams were named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Team. Nichols and Muellers garnered spots on the First Team, while Hale was selected to the Second Team.
Recognizing the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom, the Academic All-America® Teams are made up of student-athletes who are a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale).
Nichols was a biology and anthropology double major at Tufts. He won the 5,000-meter run at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championship in March. He finished third at the 2016 NCAA Cross Country Championship in November and added two more All-American honors in the spring as he was fourth in the 10,000 meters and fifth in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
During the cross country season, Nichols won the NESCAC and NCAA New England Regional titles. He was named the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Men's Cross Country New England Athlete of the Year. Nichols won the 5,000 meters at the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association Championships and was the 10,000-meter winner at the NESCAC Championships during the spring.
A member of Tufts' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, this is Nichols' second national academic honor for the year. In February, he was announced as the USTFCCCA National Scholar Athlete of the Year for the 2016 cross country season.
Muellers, a multi-events performer (heptathlon & decathlon), earned All-America honors at both the 2017 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships, extending his streak of All-American track & field performances to three.
A chemistry major, Muellers finished second in the decathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Geneva, Ohio. On the final day of the event Muellers had five personal records in each of the five events and broke the Williams decathlon record with 6,870 points.
At the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships Muellers received the NCAA's Elite 90 Award for having the highest GPA among all of the competitors. Competing in the heptathlon Muellers notched an eighth place finish to earn All-America honors with 4,895 points. Muellers also won the New England Division III heptathlon title and finished first in the 400 meters (48.44) this spring.
Muellers has earned All-NESCAC track & field honors six times. He has made the Dean's List at Williams six times, earned Academic All-NESCAC honors six times, and has also lettered in soccer three years and has started the last two years as a back.
A double major in history and English, Hale won the 3,000-meter race at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships (8:17.76) and then claimed the 5,000-meters title (14:15.38) at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships. He collected All-American honors three times in track & field during his career and one time in cross-country.
At Boston University, Hale recorded the sixth fastest all-time NCAA Divisoin III mark in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:09.51. He was named the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Indoor Athlete of the Year.
Hale also won the 2017 Division III New England 5,000-meter title in a meet record time of 14:16.22. Additionally, Hale claimed first place in the 1,500 meters (3:50.42) and the 5,000 meters (14:51.23) at the 2017 NESCAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He also placed fourth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 3,000 meters in 2016, and was a 2015 cross country All-American (16th). Hale was a six-time Academic All-NESCAC honoree.
A recipient of the prestigious national Fulbright Scholar honor, Hale will teach in Germany during the next academic year.