Track & Field/Cross Country Academic All-Americans & Distinguished Alumnus (June 2017)

Four Tau Bates were recently selected for the 2017 Capital One Academic All-America® Division III Men’s Track & Field/ Cross Country teams. Click here for the All-America Division III first, second, and third men’s teams.

Arinze C. OkekeMA B 2017, a recent biological engineering graduate from MIT and first team All-American; he is a jumper on the track & field team. He was named CoSIDA Academic All-America® of the Year, won the triple jump title at the 2017 New England Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Outdoor Track & Field Championships, and placed second in the long jump at the conference championships. He is a former MA Beta Chapter vice president.

Sam A. MerrimanOH A 2018, is an engineering physics major at Case Western Reserve University and first team All-American; He is a distance runner on the track & field team. He earned All-America honors in 2016, won the All-Ohio Championship, and maintains a 4.0 GPA.

Brendan S. SmythIN B 2017, graduated with a degree in biomedical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and first team All-American; he is a middle distance runner on the track & field team. He finished his career with three HCAC triple jump championships, four 4×400 meter relay titles, and two-time Academic All-American.

Sam H. KellerNY G 2017, a chemical engineering graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and second team All-American; he is a thrower on the track & field team. He finished first in the shot put and discus at the Liberty League Championship meet, part of Liberty League Championship team, and a 2017 Liberty League performer of the week.

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Craig C. Brown, TX D ’75, has been awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Texas A&M University Association of Former Students. Brown is the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Bray International, Inc. During his time as a student, he was a member of the Corps of Cadets, VP of the Student Engineer’s Council, and lettered in track.

Read the news announcement for more biographical details on Brown who is passionate about the need for civil engineers. “Civil engineers are a basic fabric of society whether in buildings, environment, water, fluid controls, soil mechanics and so on. Dream big, be innovative and invest in those around you,” he said.

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Three Tau Bates were recently selected for the 2017 Capital One Academic All-America® Division III Women’s Track & Field/ Cross Country teams. Click here for the All-America Division III first, second, and third women’s teams.

Maddie E. DeryNY G 2017, a recent chemical engineering graduate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and first team All-American; she is a distance runner on the track & field team. She is a three-time team captain, two-time first place finisher in the 3000 meter steeplechase, 2016 NCAA Indoor All-America in 3k, and 2017 Leopold Balleisen Prize for senior student-athlete with highest academic ranking.

Jaime LordNY G 2017, majoring in aeronautical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and third team All-American; she is a distance runner on the track & field team. She is a three-time NCAA All-American, won the Saratoga Invite in 2016, and was named the 2016 Liberty League Runner of the Year.

Leandra J. ZimmermanMA B 2019, a mechanical engineering major at MIT and third team All-American; she is a distance runner on the track & field team. She is from Augsburg, Germany, competes in the 800m, 1500m, and 3000m steeplechase.

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