Feb. 9, 2017
Full Release from the USTFCCCA web site (link)
CINCINNATI - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) today announced its annual NCAA Division I Cross Country Team Academic Awards for the 2016 season and both the University of Cincinnati men’s and women’s programs garnered recognition for the efforts. The women finished the fall semester with a cumulative 3.68 grade-point average while the men posted a combined 3.60 GPA for the season.
In order to qualify for the annual academic honor, a team must carry a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better during the season. Overall, 431 different teams garnered the academic recognition, including 242 women’s team and 189 men’s.
The men, led by coach Sam Burroughs, returned to the Top 3 in the American Athletic Conference standings this season by placing third overall in the meet hosted by UC and turned in the sixth-highest GPA of the 189 teams honor. In fact, the men’s program, which includes all men on the track & field and cross country rosters for the 2016-17 academic year, recorded the highest GPA of any men’s team on campus during the fall season.
Under coach Lara Crofford’s guidance, the women had breakout year athletically as the Bearcats placed sixth in the American Athletic Conference, marking their first-single digit placement in the conference’s four-year history and the best finish for the program since also placing sixth at the 2005 Conference USA Championships. Of the 242 women’s teams that earned the honor this year, the Bearcats tied for the 22nd-highest GPA.
The harriers, along with the remaining members of the track & field program, are currently in the midst of the 2017 indoor track and field season. Many of the distance runners will travel to Nashville, Tenn., this weekend to compete in the Music City Challenge hosted by Vanderbilt this Friday and Saturday inside the Vanderbilt Multipurpose Facility.