USTFCCCA names Stadler indoor track scholar athlete of year
NEW ORLEANS – Haverford College's Christopher Stadler on Tuesday was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCCA) 2013 Division III indoor track Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Five Haverford teammates -- Avi Bregman '14, Gebby Keny '14, Peter Kissin '13, Ivo Milic-Strkalj '13 and Michael Riccio '13 -- joined Stadler, a rising senior, on the USTFCCCA 2013 All-Academic Track & Field Team which includes 232 D-III men from 90 different institutions.
The Fords' men's track & field team was also honored by inclusion in the USTFCCCA 2013 all-academic team listing, one of 80 schools to populate the list.
Stadler earned the USTFCCCA's indoor honor after running to All-American status at the NCAA 2013 indoor championship meet where he captured the title in the 5,000-meter run. His in-season time in the 5,000 of 14 minutes, 23.36 seconds finished the indoor season as the fastest in the nation. Prior to his title-winning race at nationals, Stadler picked up the Centennial Conference's track performer of the meet at the league's 2013 indoor championship where he won the 3,000 and finished second -- to Kissin -- in the 5,000.
Earlier in the academic year Stadler raced to the individual title of the Centennial's cross country championship meet followed by an all-American performance at cross country nationals. His year concluded at the NCAA outdoor track & field meet where he added yet another all-American performance with a sixth-place finish in the 5,000. Prior to his national run Stadler was voted the Centennial's outdoor track performer of the meet after winning the 5,000 and 10,000 in conference championship meet record times.