Colin Cotton & Bijan Mazaheri Repeat as All-Academic District I Honorees in X-C and Track & Field

Colin Cotton '16
Bijan Mazaheri '16

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Williams College seniors Colin Cotton (Cincinnati, OH) and Bijan Mazaheri (Wellesley, MA) both of whom posted impressive cross country and track and field performances while in the Purple Valley have been accorded All-Academic District I honors for the second consecutive year.

To be considered for District and All-America All-Academic honors the student-athlete must be at least a sophomore or if a transfer complete one year on campus and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.35.

In 2015 Bijan Mazaheri was named a First Team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Cotton was Third Team CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2015.

By virtue of their First Team selection in District I again this year both Cotton and Mazaheri will be included on the Academic All-America ballot that will generate the Academic All-American teams for 2016 that will be released in June.

Colin Cotton's list of Williams achievements include:
Finished 2nd at 2016 NCAA Indoor Championships in 5K with a time of 14:24.41... placed 5th at NCAA outdoor championships in 2015... 3rd Team Capital One Academic All-American in 2015... Finished 2nd at 2014 NCAA X-C Championships and is a 2-time X-C All-American (23rd in 2013) ...also a two-time outdoor NCAA Track & Field All-American... was 5th at 2014 NCAA outdoors in 2014 in 5k... he is a four-time Academic All-NESCAC honoree

Yesterday at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and field Championships Mazaheri earned All-America honors for the second year in a row in the 10k with 4th place finish.

Mazaheri will run one last time in his Eph career as he is in the 5k race tomorrow afternoon at the Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships being hosted by Wartburg University in Waverly, Iowa.

To date some of Mazaheri's many accomplishments at Williams include:

Finished 3rd at 2015 NCAA X-C Championships... has broken two Williams track and field records this year: 3k Indoors (8.14.02), 5k Indoors (14:11.29)... ranked 4th nationally in 10k (29:40.46) ranked 11th nationally in 2016 5k outdoors (14:22.59)...Mazaheri has received a fellowship to pursue a Master's in math at Cambridge U. in the UK...Team Captain... Set Outdoors 10k record (29:39.27) in 2015... 3-season All-American in 2015 and 2016... 2-time X-C All-American (2014 & 2015)... Indoors All-American (2015 & 2016)... 2015 Outdoors All-American... 9-Time Academic All-NESCAC honoree All-NESCAC honoree

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