Bauer Named to Academic All-America Second Team

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tyler Bauer Muhlenberg rising junior Tyler Bauer added to his growing list of achievements by being named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division III track and field/cross country second team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

One of only three sophomores to make the first or second teams, Bauer is a double major in biology and music who placed fifth in the javelin at the NCAA Outdoor Championships to earn All-America honors. He was named Most Outstanding Performer of Centennial Conference Championships after setting a meet record and winning the javelin by almost 25 feet.

The two-time CC javelin champion and two-time CC athlete of the week broke the 11-year-old school record of 196-7 in his first meet of the year and raised the standard to 214-5 by season’s end. Bauer also was one of only four Division III athletes to place at the IC4A Championships, coming in eighth.

Bauer is in elite company as the sixth Mule athlete to earn both All-America and Academic All-America honors. The others are Elaine Gratrix (softball, 1991); Matt Loesch (wrestling, 2007); John DeLuca (football, 2008); Bobby Torphy (track and field, 2009) and Alexandra Chili (women’s basketball, 2012). Torphy, a third-team Academic All-American, was the only other Muhlenberg athlete to earn Academic All-America honors following his sophomore year since 1989.

Bauer is the eighth Academic All-America selection in the history of the Mule men’s cross country/track and field program, all since 2005. Muhlenberg’s streak of five straight years with an Academic All-American is second among Division III men’s programs; Nebraska Wesleyan has a current streak of nine years.

To be eligible for Academic All-America honors, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his current institution and be nominated by his sports information director. Since the programs 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.