Baer Named to Academic All-America First Team

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Michael Baer To place in the decathlon at the Centennial Conference Championships, Michael Baer needed to master several disciplines. He also needed to do that to earn Academic All-America honors.

Baer was selected to the Capital One NCAA Division III Academic All-America Men’s Track/Cross Country first team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Academic All-Americans
year name sport
1970 Ed Salo Football
1971 Ed Salo Football
1972 Ed Salo Football
1975 Keith Ordemann Football
1979 Greg Campisi Basketball
1980 Art Scavone Football
1981 Dan Barletta Basketball
1984 GloriaAnn Hardy Field Hockey
1984 GloriaAnn Hardy Softball
1985 GloriaAnn Hardy Field Hockey
1986 Ilyse O’Desky Tennis
1987 Andrea Dowhower Field Hockey
1989 Joe Zeszotarski Football
1990 Mike Hoffman Football
1999 Celina Boer Soccer
2002 David Vassilaros Soccer
2006 Jason Finkelstein Track & Field
2009 Jake Floyd Football
2010 Bobby Torphy Track & Field
2011 Spencer Liddic Basketball
2011 Bobby Torphy Track & Field
2012 Brittany DeAngelis Field Hockey
2012 Michael Baer Track & Field
Baer, a second-team Academic All-American last year, is the second two-time Academic All-American in the history of the Muhlenberg track and field program, joining former teammate and three-time honoree Bobby Torphy ’11. He is the 23rd first-team Academic All-America selection in College history.

Baer, who graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a biochemistry major and as one of the valedictorians of the Class of 2012 last month, won Centennial Conference gold medals with 4x400 indoor relay teams in both 2011 and 2012. He placed in top five in the decathlon at the CC Outdoor Championships three straight years, with a high of fourth in 2011, and also placed in CC meets in the high jump and high hurdles.

On the Mules’ all-time performance lists, Baer ranks third in the decathlon and eighth in the 55 hurdles. He will attend medical school at the University of Pennsylvania this fall.

To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00 and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his current institution.

Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

Muhlenberg has had nine Academic All-America selections over the last two years, including four different first-teamers.