WILIAMSTOWN, MA – Senior distance runner Peter Hale (Swampscott, Mass) and junior decathlete Tobias Muellers (Burlington, Vt.) have been named to the Men's Track & Field & Cross Country District 1 All-Academic Team.
To be eligible for consideration for academic honors an athlete must possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.35 and be at least a sophomore. Academic All-NESCAC honors require a minimum GPA of 3.40 and Dean's List at Williams College is 3.50 minimum GPA for the semester.
By virtue of their First Team honors both Hale and Muellers will be placed on the national ballot for Academic All-America laurels.
Hale, a double major in English and history, from Swampscott, Mass. ended his Purple running career in style by winning the 5K (14:15.38) at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend in Geneva, Ohio.
At the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships Hale won the 3K (8:17.76). On February 8th running at Boston University Hale recorded the sixth fastest all-time NCAA DIII finish in the 3K with a time of 8:09.51. He was named the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Indoor Athlete of the Year.
A recipient of the prestigious national Fulbright Scholar honor, Hale will teach in Germany the next academic year.
Hale also collected the 2017 DIII New England 5K title in a meet record time of 14:16.22. Additionally, Hale won the 1500m (3:50.42) and the 5K (14:51.23) at the 2017 NESCAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, was fourth in NCAA 3,000 in 2016, and was 2015 X-C All-American (16th). Six times Hale has been named to the Academic All-NESCAC team.
Muellers, a chemistry major, finished second in the decathlon at the recent NCAA Outdoor Championships in Geneva, Ohio. On the final day of the event Muellers had five personal records in the five events and broke the Williams decathlon record with 6,870 points. The previous record for the decathlon by an Eph was by Derek-Sasaki Scanlon in 1997 when he tallied 6791 points.
At the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships Muellers received the NCAA's Elite 90 Award for having the highest GPA among all of the competitors. Competing in the heptathlon Muellers notched an eighth place finish to earn All-America honors with 4,895 points.
Muellers has now earned two All-America honors in the decathlon and one in the heptathlon in his career.
Muellers won the New England DIII heptathlon title and on March 27 was named the USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week in DIII. Running on the Ephs' Lee track earlier in May, Muellers won the New England DIII 400m (48.44).
Six times Muellers has earned All-NESCAC track honors. He has made the Dean's List at Williams five times, earned Academic All-NESCAC honors four times, and has also lettered in soccer three years.
It is now hard to imagine that Muellers almost decided not to compete in athletics at Williams because he was so excited about the opportunities presented to him in the study of chemistry.