MEDFORD - Tim Nichols, a recent Tufts University graduate, was announced on Wednesday as a member of the 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America® Division III Men's Track & Field / Cross Country Teams.
A national champion during the indoor season, Nichols is one of 16 athletes on the Academic All-America® first team. Three teams in total were announced today honoring 45 individuals from across the country overall. Nichols is one of just three student-athletes from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) on the Academic All-America® Men's Track & Field / Cross Country Teams. He is one of eight from New England Division III schools.
Recognizing the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom, the Academic All-America® Teams are made up of student-athletes who are a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale). Last month, Nichols received Academic All-District® Team honors to earn a spot on the Academic All-America® Team ballot.
From North Lima, Ohio, Nichols was a biology and anthropology double major at Tufts. He won the 5,000 meter run at the 2017 NCAA Div. III Indoor Championship in March. He had finished third at the 2016 NCAA Div. III Cross Country Championship back in November. He added two more All-American honors in the spring as he was fourth in the 10,000 meters and fifth in the 5,000 metetrs at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
During the cross country season, Nichols won the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and NCAA New England Regional titles. He was named the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Men's Cross Country New England Athlete of the Year. In track, he was selected as USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week on April 11 after running a 29:37.09 in the 10K. The 5K champion at the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association Championships and the 10K winner at the NESCAC Championships during the spring, Nichols was a five-time NESCAC Performer of the Week in both cross country and track this year.
A member of Tufts' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, this is Nichols' second national academic honor for the year. Back in February he was announced as the USTFCCCA National Scholar Athlete of the Year for the 2016 cross country season.
This is the third straight year that Tufts Men's Track & Field has featured an Academic All-American. Last year, the Jumbos' Mitchell Black was named the Men's Track & Field / Cross Country Academic All-American of the Year. He earned CoSIDA Academic All-America® first-team honors for two consecutive years.
Tufts student-athletes won five Academic All-America® awards this year. Joining Nichols were Baseball's Speros Varinos, Softball's Cassie Ruscz, Field Hockey's Annie Artz and Men's Lacrosse's Tyler Olney.
> 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division III Men's Track & Field / Cross Country Teams