Lion Men, Women Named USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams

Feb. 27, 2008

NEW ORLEANS, La. - The men's and women's LMU cross country teams were recognized for their outstanding performances on the course and in the classroom after being named USTFCCCA All-Academic teams on Tuesday. For the second straight year, the Iona College Gaels took home the men's Academic Team of the Year, while Stanford took the honor on the women's side.

For a team to be considered for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team award, they must have competed and compiled a team score at a NCAA Regional Meet. The team must also have a minimum 3.00 team cumulative grade point average.

In all, 158 Division I women's programs received the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honor. There are 325 teams in Division I that sponsor women's cross country, and 158 of them (49%) are on the list. Of the 158 teams on the list, 35 of them had team GPAs over 3.50. South Florida, from the Big East Conference, led all schools with a team GPA of 3.78.

Thirty-one teams competed at the women's NCAA Championships this past November, and of those 31, an unprecedented 26 teams received the All-Academic Team award, an astonishing 84 percent of the field. This included eight teams in the top-10.

On the men's side, Belmont University of the Atlantic Sun Conference had the highest overall team grade point average with a 3.57. Overall, 98 men's Division I programs received the USTFCCCA's academic honor, which is just under a third of all Division schools that sponsor men's cross country (299). The numbers at this year's NCAA Championships were also impressive: 16 of the 31 teams in the field received the All-Academic Team award.

For complete releases and lists of the men's and women's All-Academic Teams, please click the following links:

Women's Release

Men's Release

 

 

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