AUSTIN, Texas – Taylor University seniors Matt Hall and Tanner Dye were each named to the 2016-2017 CoSIDA Men's Track and Field and Cross Country Academic All-America First-Team, with Hall being tabbed as the CoSIDA Track and Field and Cross Country Academic All-American of the Year for the College Division.
Hall was chosen as the top student-athlete among the 10-member CoSIDA Academic All-America College Division First-Team, which represents the most outstanding student-athletes from all NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions around the nation.
The prestigious award is another in a lengthy list of honors for Hall, as the senior is now the only student-athlete in the history of the Taylor men's cross country and track and field programs to earn a trio of CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, while joining Dye as the program's first two-time First-Team Academic All-Americans. Hall also raced to a trio of NAIA All-American honors during the 2016-2017 season, en route to being named Taylor's Gates-Howard Award recipient as the school's top male student-athlete during the 2016-2017 year.
"Matt made a tremendous contribution to Taylor during the last four years," said TU men's cross country head coach Lance Vanderberg. "He had an outstanding commitment to excellence in the classroom, cross country course and on the track. He set a great example for his teammates and was a driving force behind our success as a team."
Hall hails from Crete, Illinois, where he attended Illiana Christian. After transferring to TU following one year at NCAA Division I Lipscomb, Hall posted a cumulative grade-point average of 3.87 and graduated from Taylor with a degree in computer science.
Hall's standout senior campaign capped a career that saw eight NAIA All-American accolades, six individual Crossroads League championships, eight All-Crossroads League honors and one TU program record.
With the honor, Hall joins Josh DeGraaf (Baseball, 2015), Amanda Roden (Women's Soccer, 2014) and Casey Coons (Men's Basketball, 2012) as the fourth TU student-athlete to be recognized as a CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year standout.
Dye joined Hall on the First-Team Academic All-America Team for the second-straight year, after graduating from Taylor with a cumulative GPA of 3.99 and a degree in mathematics.
"Tanner always gave 100-percent effort, both in the classroom and in competition," stated Vanderberg. "I look forward to seeing what he accomplishes in the future."
Dye repeated the first-team award after earning All-Crossroads League honors in the 4x800-meter relay and competing at the NAIA National Championships in cross country and indoor track and field.
"I am excited for both Matt and Tanner," added Vanderberg. "They are very deserving of these awards."
Taylor University finishes the 2016-2017 year ranked third among all NAIA schools with nine CoSIDA Academic All-America awards and now boasts 65 such honors in school history, with 35 first-team selections.
The honors for Hall and Dye bump the number of CoSIDA Academic All-America nods for the TU cross country and track and field programs to nine all-time, with six first-team selections.