Cross Country |
March 9, 2010
NEW ORLEANS – The United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association recently announced its 2009 Men’s and Women’s All-Academic Teams and the University of Cincinnati men’s team was one of 135 teams nationally to be selected as an All-Academic Team, while UC’s women’s team was one of 176 teams to earn the distinction.
For a team to be considered for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team award, they must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional Championship and also have a minimum 3.00 team cumulative GPA.
The women’s team posted a team GPA of 3.62, ranking Cincinnati 18th among the 176 teams that were selected as an All-Academic Team. The Bearcats were also one of 13 BIG EAST Conference institutions to be named an All-Academic Team, which was the most All-Academic recipients among all conferences, and UC’s 3.62 team GPA ranked third in the league.
Villanova University was named the 2009 NCAA Division I USTFCCCA Women’s Cross Country Scholar Team of the Year after winning the 2009 NCAA Cross Country Championships and posting a team GPA of 3.38.
The UC men’s squad finished with the 16th-best GPA among 135 All-Academic squads, and was one of six BIG EAST men’s teams to be selected by the USTFCCCA. Among the six conference schools, UC placed second among team GPAs behind only DePaul University’s cumulative team GPA of 3.56.
Oklahoma State took home the 2009 NCAA Division I USTFCCCA Men’s Cross Country Scholar Team of the Year after winning their first national title since 1954 and owning a 3.06 GPA.
The 176 women’s cross country teams and the 135 men’s cross country squads selected to the All-Academic Teams are both records, surpassing the last year’s women’s and men’s totals of 162 teams and 110 teams, respectively.