Rose-Hulman senior Nick Palmer has been selected as a third-team Google Cloud NCAA Division III Men’s Track and Field/Cross Country Academic All-American, according to results released this week by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
The list includes three teams of 15 student-athletes each. More than 10,000 student-athletes currently compete in the men’s track and field and cross country at the Division III level and only 45 are chosen as Academic All-Americans.
Rose student-athletes have combined for 139 Academic All-American awards, including 34 consecutive calendar years with at least one Academic All-American. The 34-year streak ranks sixth among all NCAA institutions and first in NCAA Division III.
Palmer becomes the sixth Engineer to earn Google Cloud Academic All-American honors this academic year, joining standouts Ryuji Aoki (men’s basketball), Ally Bromenschenkel (women’s basketball), Bailey MacInnis (volleyball), Ben Strate (swimming and diving/tennis) and Garrett Wight (football).
Palmer was part of a Rose-Hulman team that won four indoor and four outdoor HCAC track and field team championships in his career. Individually, he qualified for the 2019 Division III national championships in the pole vault, coming home 14th with a leap of 15 feet, 1 inch.
In the classroom, the chemical-engineering graduate compiled a grade-point average of 3.92 entering the 2019 season.
In HCAC competition, Palmer swept the conference indoor and outdoor pole-vault championships in 2019. He finished with two career first-place finishes in the pole vault, along with four second-place efforts and two third-place finishes.
Palmer also earned seven USTFCCCA All-Region honors at Rose with a career-best leap of 15-93/4.