Courtesy of Sports Information Offices
HADLEY, Mass. – Senior Tobias Muellers of Williams headlines the 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division III Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). A chemistry major from Burlington, Vermont, with a 3.91 cumulative GPA, Muellers was named the Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field Academic All-American of the Year.
Muellers, a three-sport athlete, is the 12th Eph Men's Cross Country/Track& Field Academic All-America honoree and one of 48 Ephs so honored since 1993.
Muellers captured the decathlon title at the 2018 NCAA Division III Track & Field Outdoor Championships and broke his own Williams record scoring 6,969 points. Mullers previously earned Academic All-America honors in soccer and track & field, and in 2017 he won the NCAA Elite 90 award at the indoor championships for possessing the highest cumulative GPA of all male competitors at that championship event.
In addition to owning the Eph record in the decathlon, this past winter Muellers set the Eph record in the heptathlon tallying 4,906 points to finish fourth at the NCAA Championships and earn All-America honors.
Joining Muellers on the men’s Academic All-America team is Amherst sophomore Clark Ricciardelli. He earned a spot on the Academic All-America Second Team and is the 35th Academic All-America selection in Amherst history, and first-ever sophomore selection. Ricciardelli is the fourth member of the cross country and track & field teams to earn the noteworthy honor.
A mathematics major with a 4.04 grade point average, Ricciardelli has excelled in his first two seasons for the Mammoths, specializing in the 8K for the cross country team and in the 10,000-meter race as a member of the track & field squad.
In a breakout sophomore campaign, the Hingham, Mass. native landed All-NESCAC First Team laurels in cross county after posting a fourth place finish (25:20.5) at the NESCAC Championships before garnering a cross country All-America nod after finishing 33rd at the NCAA Championships with a time of 24:54.48. Ricciardelli notched a second place finish in the 10,000-meter race at the NESCAC Championships to earn All-NESCAC Track & Field accolades. He crossed the finish line in a time of 31:06.21 at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships to earn eighth overall in the event and garner All-America honors.
Williams senior Emily Sundquist, a captain of both cross country and track and field teams, was named to the Google Cloud Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field Academic All-America Third Team. It is the second time in her career Sundquist has been recognized, also earning the honor in 2016.
Sundquist, a native of Salt Lake City, Utah, competed during all three seasons at Williams as a member of the cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field teams. This spring she finished fourth in the New England Division III 5,000-meter race and placed fifth in the steeplechase at the NESCAC Championship.
Sundquist has competed in both the NCAA 5,000-meters and 10,000-meters in her career and the NCAA Cross Country Championships. She was the final scoring runner for the Ephs at the 2015 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship race to help Williams win the NCAA team title.
Sundquist is the 10th Eph to earn Academic All-America honors in women’s cross country/track & field and one of 48 Academic All-Americans since 1993.