LANCASTER, Pa. – Nils Michaelis has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Track & Field/Cross Country Third Team announced Tuesday. He becomes the program's first Academic All-American since 2008 and sixth overall.
Michaelis joins Pat Nickler '96 (1996 third team), Keith Hamilton (2001 Second Team, 2002 First Team), Luke Oeding '03 (2003 third team), and Jake Gomolinski '08 (2008 third team) as F&M track & field athletes who have earned Academic All-America accolade.
Michaelis (Hilden, Germany/Lancaster Catholic) became the first F&M track & field athlete to claim multiple All-America honors this past spring, taking fifth in the 110-meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The senior nabbed his other All-America honor in 2011 with a fourth-place finish in the 110 hurdles.
On top of his accomplishments at the national level, Michaelis captured five Centennial Conference (CC) outdoor gold medals, one silver, and one bronze, as well as one CC gold in indoor competition. He also owns the school and CC record in the 110 hurdles (14.44)
He graduated in May with a degree in Business, Organizations, and Society.
To be nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.3 or higher cumulative grade point average and be a significant contributor to the team.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 19,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, Iii and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.