BALTIMORE, MD -- Johns Hopkins placed three on the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District II Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country Team. Graduate student Schaffer Ochstein along with seniors Tom Boucher and Tom Pavarini were honored, with Ochstein capturing CoSIDA Academic All-District recognition for third time in his career.
Hopkins has now produced 18 CoSIDA Academic All-District selections, with JHU’s three selections tying the most it has had in a single year. The three Blue Jays will move on to the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot with the national team slated to be announced on June 21.
The District II region includes Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island and West Virginia. To be nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.30 or higher cumulative grade point average.
Ochstein is the first three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree for Johns Hopkins. The Dallas, TX, native graduated with a degree in biomedical engineering in 2016, posting a cumulative GPA of 3.72. In the first semester of his master’s in engineering management, Ochstein earned a 3.77 GPA. Ochstein led Hopkins to its best finish at the NCAA Cross Country National Championships, recording the first sub-25:00 at NCAAs by a Blue Jay as he finished 39th with a time of 24:59.8. The three-time All-Region and All-Centennial cross country runner also helped JHU to its second NCAA Mideast Regional Championship with a fifth-place overall finish. Ochstein worked as a consultant for Johns Hopkins Hospital, JHOME and Novel Microdevices. As an analyst for Blue Jay Syndicate, Ochstein helps to run a Hopkins community investment fund. Ochstein also designed a database for Johns Hopkns Technology Ventures.
Boucher graduated with a degree in neuroscience with a 3.75 GPA. Boucher competed in the javelin throw at the 2016 NCAA Championships. The Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY, native holds the top seven javelin distances in JHU history, winning the 2017 Centennial Conference Championship with a throw of 59.38m. At the time, 59.38m was the 24th-best throw in Division III this season and is Boucher’s second career throw of more than 59.0m. Boucher has assisted research at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Wilmer Eye Institute and the JHU Mind and Brain Institute. Boucher has served as a teaching assistant for the neuroscience lab and co-founded JHU Flash Seminars. He volunteers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Pediatric Specialty Clinic. Boucher is a Maryland and nationally certified EMT.
Pavarini also helped the Blue Jays to their best cross country finish as the team placed eighth at the 2016 NCAA National Championships. Pavarini earned All-Region and All-Centennial honors as a senior, recording a personal record time of 25:12.6 at NCAAs for second place among the JHU runners. The Chester, NJ, native placed 10th overall at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships, helping Hopkins to its second title. Pavarini set the program record in the 1,000 meter run with a time of 2:30.12 and recorded a personal record time in the mile, 4:14.20, the second-best time in JHU history. At the 2017 Centennial Conference Indoor Championships, Pavarini anchored the DMR to a first-place finish. Pavarini developed a web app as an engineering intern for Visionist Inc. He also created software as a research assistant for the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute and published a paper on the findings.