WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- For the second consecutive year the Williams College men's cross country and track and field teams have had two members named an Academic All-American by the Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Senior cross country and track captain Bijan Mazaheri (Wellesley, MA) has concluded his Williams College cross country and track and field career by collecting his second consecutive First Team Academic All-America honor. Classmate Colin Cotton (Cincinnati, OH) has earned his second consecutive honor being named Second Team this year after earning Third Team honors in 2015.
To be considered for Academic All-America honors the student-athlete must be at least a sophomore, possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30, and be selected First Team All-Region.
Mazaheri, a computer science and physics double-major, was a four-time All-American in the 2015-16 academic year. He finished third at the 2015 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship for his second career All-America honor in cross country. At the NCAA Indoor Championship Mazaheri placed fifth in the 5,000-meters and in the spring at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championship he finished third in the 5,000-meter run and fourth in the 10,000-meter run.
Mazaheri has compiled a most impressive list of accomplishments over his four years in the Purple Valley. In addition to his above All-America efforts this year he broke two Williams indoor track and field records this season: 3K (8.14.02) and 5K (14:11.29).
Mazaheri was ranked 4th nationally in the 10K (29:40.46), ranked 11th nationally in the 2016 5K outdoors (14:22.59). A nine-time Academic All-NESCAC selection, Mazaheri has received a fellowship to pursue a Master's Degree in mathematics at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.
Colin Cotton finished second at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Championships in the 5,000-meters with a time of 14:24.41. In his time in the Purple Valley Cotton placed fifth at the NCAA Outdoor Championship in 2015 and was named a Third Team Capital One Academic All-American in 2015.
Cotton's Eph cross country highlights feature a second place finish at the 2014 NCAA X-C Championship, after notching a 23rd place finish in 2013, earning him All-America honors twice.
He is also a two-time track All-American, capturing fifth at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championship in the 5K with a time of 14:30.32. Four times in his career Cotton also earned Academic All-NESCAC laurels.
With five athletes named Academic All-American this spring the Williams College trotted out 39 CoSIDA All-Americans since the fall of 1993. Fourteen Ephs have earned Academic All-America honors in the past three years. Four of those 14 honorees have come from men's cross country and track & field and three from women's cross country and track and field."