Anderson, Dick, Tonelli receive USTFCCCA All-Academic awards

David Dick (pictured) and Garrett Anderson both received USTFCCCA All-Academic honors on July 26, 2018. (File photo by Tom Leonard '78)

NEW ORLEANS -- Three members of the Bates men's track and field team earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors during the 2017-18 track & field seasons, announced Thursday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Bates' awardees all graduated in May: Garrett Anderson (Raleigh, N.C.), David Dick (Ipswich, Mass.) and Ben Tonelli (Seattle, Wash.).

To qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.30 and must have met at least one of the following athletic standards: Competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship; Finished the regular season ranked in the national top-50 in an individual event or ranked in the national top-35 in a relay event on the official NCAA Descending Order List.

At the NESCAC Championships in April, Anderson and Dick took first and second place in the pole vault, respectively, with both men clearing the bar at 15 feet, 5 inches. The height matched Anderson's career best and established a career best for Dick. They finished the outdoor season tied for the No. 35 ranking in Division III in the event. Anderson also ranked 31st in Division III at the conclusion of the indoor season.

Tonelli ranked 35th in Division III in the 3,000-meter steeplechase based on his career-best time of 9:17.99, which earned him first place at the New England Division III Championships at MIT in May.