Academic All-Americans & Woman of the Year Award (June 2016)

Six male Tau Bates were recently selected for the 2016 Academic All-America® Division III Track & Field/Cross Country teams. Click here for the All-America Division III Track & Field/Cross Country first, second, and third teams.

Mitchell Black Jr.MA D 2016, a double major in mechanical engineering and astrophysics at Tufts University (MA) and first team All-American. He is a two-time first-team academic All-America and was this year’s top honoree. Black is a four-time NCAA Division III champion, ten-time All-American, and won Div. III championships in the 800-meters at both the indoor and outdoor national championships. Next, he will enter the University of Michigan Graduate School of aerospace engineering.

D. Carrington MotleyMA B 2016, a mechanical engineering graduate from MIT and first team All-American. He ranks third all-time at MIT in the triple jump at 14.81m and has won a combined 16 events in four years in both the triple and long jumps. He graduated with a perfect GPA, completed research into tire tread optimization, and qualified for the NCAA Division Championship three times in his career.

Arinze C. OkekeMA B 2017, a biological engineering major at MIT and first team All-American. He earned All-America honors in the triple jump at both NCAA Division III Championships this year and ranks second all-time at MIT in the triple jump at 48-feet, 7.5-inches. Okeke won the NEWMAC Championship in both the long jump and triple jump and was named as the conference’s Field Athlete of the Year.

Tom ZamorskiPA I 2016, a senior biomedical engineering major at Widener University and first team All-American. He is a thrower and helped guide the Pride in winning indoor and outdoor titles in the Middle Atlantic Conference this year. Zamorksi was named the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Performer of the Year, was the MAC champion in both the weight throw and hammer throw, and was named the MAC Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Jeremy D. HassettNY K 2016, a graduate of audio and music engineering from the University of Rochester and second team All-American. He excels in middle distance events on the track and field teams. Hassett won seven New York State championships during his career, won seven medals at the ECAC Championships, and is a part of the University’s record-setting distance medley relay team. HE was also selected as Rochester’s Top Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2016.

Brendan S. SmythIN B 2017, a junior biomedical engineering major at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and third team All-American. He captured two individual and two relay Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships. Smyth captured conference titles in the triple jump in 2014 (outdoors) and 2016 (indoors) and was part of championship 4-x-400 meter relay.

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North Carolina State University has announced that two members of the NC State cross country & track and field teams have been nominated for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Kaitlyn E. Kramer, NC A 2016, recent chemical engineering graduate and the university’s valedictorian of its 2016 class is a standout on both the cross country and track and field teams.

The NCAA Woman of the Year award “honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.” Kramer earned All-ACC, All-ACC Academic and CoSIDA Academic All-District honors in 2015 and was a recipient of the 2016 ACC Postgraduate Scholarship and named NC State’s Scholar Athlete of the Year. Read the announcement for more details.

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Six female Tau Bates were recently selected for the 2016 Academic All-America® Division III Track & Field/Cross Country teams. Click here for the All-America Division III Track & Field/Cross Country first, second, and third teams.

Maddie E. DeryNY G 2017, a chemical engineering major at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY) and first team All-American. She is a 2016 NCAA All-American in the 3000 meters. As a captain of the cross country team, she led them to a school record ninth place finish at the NCAAs. Dery held the school record in 3k steeplechase.

Katie Jo McMenaminPA K 2016, graduated with a degree in engineering from Swarthmore College and first team All-American. She won the NCAA Div. III National Championship in the outdoor 1,500 meters and placed second in the 5,000. McMenamin is the Midwest Region Track Athlete of the Year, the Centennial Conference’s Most Outstanding Track Performer, and past vice president of the PA Kappa Chapter of Tau Beta Pi.

Liz M. PellegriniMA A 2016, a senior biomedical engineering major at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA) and second team All-American. She became the first WPI female runner to earn All-America honors thanks to her second place, and school-record time, in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2016 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Pellegrini has two 100-meter high hurdle and one 400-meter intermediate hurdle NEWMAC titles.

Kelsey R. AamothOH A 2016, a biomedical engineering graduate student at Case Western Reserve University (OH) and third team All-American. She is a two-time NCAA Division II Championships qualifier in cross country. Aamoth received the CWRU Athletics’ Andrews Award as the department’s top senior female athlete, is a two-time USTFCCCA Scholar-Athlete awardee, and earned all-region in the 3,000 meter run.

Jaime LordNY G 2017, majoring in aeronautical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY) and third team All-American. She is a two-time NCAA All-American, finished third in the 3000 meters, and owns numerous school records. Lord is three-time Liberty League champion, Liberty League Indoor Track Performer of the Year (2016), and three-time All-Region.

Andrea M. UklejaNY G 2016, mechanical engineering graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY) and third team All-American. She is a captain of the track and field team, Liberty League hammer champion, and Liberty League champion in weight throw (2016). Ukleja has co-oped with Hasbro and Mercury Systems and is Design for America co-founder & co-studio lead.

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