Keri Lambert, Amherst College
One of the most decorated cross country and track & field student-athletes in Amherst history, Keri Lambert amassed an endless list of accomplishments during her four years in the Pioneer Valley.
A seven-time NCAA All-America honoree, Lambert was also just the third CoSIDA Academic All-American in the history of the women’s program and its first two-time recipient. She joins former men’s soccer standout Lennard Kovacs ’12 and swimmer Kendra Stern ’11 as the only two-time Academic All-Americans in Amherst history, dating back to the college’s first participation in the program in 1982.
Bursting onto the national scene in 2011, she placed eighth overall at the NCAA cross country championships. As a junior she captured the league’s individual cross country crown before placing third at nationals. In the spring, she put the wraps on a remarkable campaign by winning a national championship in the 3,000m steeplechase at the NCAA outdoor meet, while also placing seventh overall in the 5,000-meter run.
During her senior season, Lambert continued to amaze, placing third nationally at the cross country championships, before coming in 6th and 8th overall in the 5,000m and DMR at the NCAA indoor meet. Capping off a stellar career she posted her seventh All-America worthy performance with a third-place showing in the 3,000m steeplechase.
Equally successful off the field of play, she received several academic distinctions, earning a coveted Watson Postgraduate Fellowship, while also winning the Beinecke Scholarship (2012) and the Samuel Walley Brown Scholarship for Citizenship (2012).
A team captain as a senior, she also served as a resident counselor, and graduated magna cum laude with a major in history and a concentration on African and environmental history.