Turns out Hamline senior Andrew Schlichting carries a lot of weight in the classroom as well as on the track. The North Oaks, Minn. senior, who won the MIAC Indoor Weight Throw title and the Outdoor Hammer Throw in 2012, was rewarded for his hitting the books hard as well. He was named to the COSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) District 6 Academic All-America team for Track and Cross Country.
A 3.88 Physics/Business major, Andrew will advance to the national ballot. Voting on that begins June 5. The national team will be announced June 19.
Schlichting, who attended Mounds View High School, threw the Weight 60-8 to win the MIAC Indoor title in March. Once outdoors, he expanded his repertoire to throwing the Hammer and the Discus. His 178-2 Hammer Throw defeated the field at the MIAC Outdoor Meet earlier this month. His top effort of 182-6 recorded March 31 at St. John's was the second best throw by a MIAC athlete and 25th best by any D-III athlete this spring. His top Discus throw of 135-8 ranked him 13th in the MIAC.
He was the only MIAC men's trackster to earn Athlete Of The week honors in the Indoor and Outdoor seasons in 2012.
In addition to his track exploits at Hamline, Schlichting also played two years of football on the defensive line.
Schlichting is the third Piper to be honored by COSIDA this year. Liz Stock, women's soccer goalie was named to the national first team last fall. Baseball OF Cory Miller was named to the District 6 team earlier this month.