Three from NESCAC Named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans

Three from NESCAC Named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans

2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America Men's & Women's Track/Cross Country Teams

Courtesy of Tufts and Williams Sports Information

AUSTIN, Texas – Tufts senior Mitchell Black was recently named the 2016 Division III Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country Academic All-American of the Year, while Williams seniors Bijan Mazaheri and Colin Cotton were named to the Academic All-America® First and Second Teams, respectively, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

A mechanical engineering and astrophysics double-major from Brunswick, Maine, Mitchell Black earned CoSIDA Academic All-America® first-team honors for the second straight year. A four-time NCAA Division III Champion, Black won Division III Championships this year in the 800-meters at both the NCAA Division III Indoor and Outdoor National Championships; a feat he also accomplished in 2015. Black earned 10 All-America accolades in his career and was named the Most Outstanding Performer at the 2016 NESCAC Championship.

Black was one of two recipients in 2016 of the NCAA’s Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship. He received Tufts' C.P. Ciaffone and L.W. Pote Scholarship for excellence in engineering. Black will enter the University of Michigan’s Graduate School of Aerospace Engineering in the fall.

Bijan Mazaheri, a computer science and physics double-major from Wellesley, Mass., was a four-time All-American in the 2015-16 academic year en route to collecting his second consecutive First Team Academic All-America honor. The senior captain finished third at the 2015 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship for his second career All-America honor in cross country. At the 2016 NCAA Indoor Championship, Mazaheri placed fifth in the 5,000-meters. At the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championship, he finished third in the 5,000-meter run and fourth in the 10,000-meter run.

Mazaheri compiled a most impressive list of accomplishments over his four years in the Purple Valley. In addition to his above All-America efforts this year, he broke two Williams indoor track and field records this season in the 3,000-meters (8.14.02) and the 5,000-meters (14:11.29). A nine-time Academic All-NESCAC selection, Mazaheri has received a fellowship to pursue a Master's Degree in mathematics at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.

Colin Cotton, an economics major from Cincinnati, Ohio, finished second at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Championships in the 5,000-meters with a time of 14:24.41. In his time in the Purple Valley, Cotton placed fifth at the NCAA Outdoor Championship in 2015 and was named a Third Team Academic All-American in 2015. Cotton's Eph cross country highlights feature a second-place finish at the 2014 NCAA Cross Country Championship, after notching a 23rd-place finish in 2013, earning him All-America honors twice. He is also a two-time track All-American, capturing fifth at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championship in the 5,000-meters with a time of 14:30.32. Cotton also earned Academic All-NESCAC laurels four times in his career.

The CoSIDA Division III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2015-16 Division III Academic All-America® teams program.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.