RHIT's Zac Erba Named Capital One Academic All-American

Release courtesy of Rose-Hulman

TERRE HAUTE, IN -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior Zac Erba (Winona Lake, Ind./Warsaw) earned the 105th Academic All-American honor in Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology history, in results released Tuesday by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Erba was named a second-team Capital One NCAA Division III Men's Track and Field Academic All-American in balloting results released Tuesday. Just 15 student-athletes are selected to each of three Capital One Academic All-America Teams in a category featuring over 440 institutions at the NCAA Division III level.

Erba continues another Rose-Hulman tradition with this selection.  The honor marks the 29th consecutive year that a Rose-Hulman student-athlete has earned Academic All-American honors, the sixth longest streak among all NCAA Division I, II or III institutions and the longest streak in Division III. 

In addition, Erba claimed Rose-Hulman's 15th Academic All-American honor in the sport of track and field.  He earned Academic All-American honors due to a strong season in the classroom and in numerous throwing events for the Fightin' Engineers this winter and spring. 

He recorded two top-five finishes at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships, helping the Fightin' Engineers earn their seventh-straight conference title with finishes of fourth in the hammer throw (154' 3") and fifth in the javelin (144' 2").  Indoors, he was a member of the fourth straight conference championship team and came home third in the weight throw (51' 2 3/4").

The two-sport athlete also started at tight end for the football team that won its first conference championship in 25 years last fall.  Erba hauled in 16 receptions for 209 yards and three touchdowns for a team that earned a share of the HCAC championship.  In the classroom, the biomedical engineering major maintains a grade point average of 3.97.