NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Sophomore cross country/track and field athlete Ben Weisel has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 3 First Team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Friday morning.
Weisel, a Nashville native, was a key part of the men's track and field team's success this spring. During both the indoor and outdoor seasons, he posted six top-10 finishes, including a second place showing in the 1500 meters at the OVC Outdoor Track and Field Championship earlier this month. It was the second straight year that Weisel had earned a spot on the medal stand in that event at the OVC Championship.
Ben becomes the fourth Belmont male track and field athlete to earn this honor and the first since the 2008-2009 season. He is also the fifth Belmont student-athlete to earn Academic All-District honors in the 2016-17 season, joining Hayley Baker (Softball), Evan Bradds (Men's Basketball), Nick Egli (Baseball), and Shersty Stanton (Softball).
The 2016-17 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District™ Cross Country/Track and Field Teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
The Academic All-District™ teams include the student-athletes divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the sixth year of the expanded Academic All-America® program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-America® Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.
First-team Academic All-District™ honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
For more information about the Academic All-District™ and Academic All-America® Teams program, please click here.