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Amherst Trio Honored for Excellence in Academics, Athletics

July 19, 2005

AMHERST, MA - Recent Amherst College graduates Carter Hamill (Richmond, VA) and Ashley Harmeling (N. Reading, MA) were each named Second-Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), while rising junior Sarah Harper (Rochester, MN) was tabbed an All-American Scholar by the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA).

Hamill capped a storied collegiate career as a combined 18-time All-America in women’s cross country and indoor and outdoor track, winning her fifth national title with a time of 34:00.43 in the 10,000-meter run at the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Before graduating with a degree in psychology, she was a member of Psy Chi (the national honor society in psychology), a recipient of the Gordon B. Perry Memorial Award for scholarship and citizenship and served as an assistant publisher for Amherst College’s student-run newspaper, The Amherst Student.

Harmeling was recently named the NCAA Division III Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA), finishing her senior season ranked second in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in scoring with 64 points on 46 goals and 18 assists, while leading the Jeffs to a 12-4 record. She’s won countless postseason awards during her collegiate women’s lacrosse career, including IWLCA Division III Attacker of the Year, First-Team IWLCA/US Lacrosse All-America, First-Team All-America, ECAC New England Player of the Year and NESCAC Player of the Year honors. She’s also a former First-Team All-America and NESCAC Player of the Year in women’s soccer and was the top women’s squash player at Amherst.

Hamill and Harmeling shared the Howard Hill Mossman Trophy at this year’s Amherst College Commencement ceremonies. The award is presented annually to the member of the senior class who has brought, during his or her four years, the greatest honor in athletics to the College.

Harper was Amherst’s top finisher in each of its three spring women’s golf tournaments, tying for first with an 80 and leading the team to a second-place showing at the Williams College Spring Invitational; tying for 12th with an 88 en route to a fifth-place team showing at the Northeast Championships; and tying for sixth with an 85 while leading Amherst to a runner-up finish at the Massachusetts State Championships.