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Henry Pick (l) and Truman Knowles (r) earned Academic All-America distinction
Henry Pick (l) and Truman Knowles (r) earned Academic All-America distinction

Henry Pick, Truman Knowles Capture Second-Team Academic All-America Honors

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Henry Pick (cross country, track and field) and Truman Knowles (track and field) of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps both earned second-team Academic All-America honors from the College Sports Communicators, the organization announced today.

The Academic All-America program honors student-athletes who combine both athletic success with high academic achievement. Pick and Knowles earned spots on the Division III Men's Cross Country/Track and Field Academic All-America team, giving CMS a total of eight Academic All-Americans in 2022-23, the highest total in department history. 

Pick earned his way onto the second-team Academic All-America squad for the second year in a row, after concluding a career which saw him earn All-America honors in both cross country and track and field. He finished third at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships in 2021, and followed that up by finishing in fourth place in the 5000 meters at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the spring. He graduated as the program record holder in cross country with a time of 23:40.4 (for an 8K race) and in track and field with a 14:01.29 (5000). 

In the classroom, Pick graduated with a 3.91 GPA from Harvey Mudd, while majoring in computer science and mathematics. He was an All-Academic Team selection from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, as well as a SCIAC All-Academic team member. 

Knowles earned Academic All-America distinction for the first time in his career, after also earning All-America honors a year ago in the javelin. Knowles was the SCIAC javelin champion in both seasons he competed following the pandemic, and then went on to break the CMS record at nationals last year with a throw of 211 feet, six inches, which earned him sixth place and a spot on the All-America podium. 

In the classroom, Knowles graduated with a 3.90 GPA in neuroscience from Claremont McKenna and joined Pick as a selection on both the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team and the SCIAC All-Academic Team. 

Pick and Knowles helped CMS win SCIAC titles in each of the last two seasons, extending the Stags' streak to three in a row, dating back to the 2019 championship before the pandemic. 

Knowles becomes the 24th different CMS student-athlete to earn Academic All-America honors, while Pick becomes the fifth to earn it twice, joining Paul Schultz of baseball (1984, 1985), Kristin Lim of women's tennis (2012, 2013), Nicole Tan of women's tennis (2019, 2020) and Josh Angle of men's basketball (2022, 2023). CMS' record eight honorees this year included Knowles, Pick and Angle, as well as Brenna Bell (volleyball), Augusta Lewis (women's swim and dive), Frank Applebaum (men's swim and dive), Julian Sanders (baseball) and Cooper McKenna (women's water polo).