Four Washington U. Student-Athletes Receive All-Academic Cross Country Honors
St. Louis, Mo., Feb. 22, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s cross country teams received All-Academic team honors, and four student-athletes were named to the 2012 Division III All-Academic Cross Country list, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The Washington U. men posted a cumulative team GPA of 3.61, which ranked second among all Division III men’s teams, to earn All-Academic team honors. California Institute of Technology had the highest men’s team GPA of 3.72. On the women’s side, Washington U. earned All-Academic status with a cumulative team GPA of 3.68, which ranked fourth in NCAA Division III behind Eastern Mennonite University (3.76), Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (3.71), and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (3.69).
In order to qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, a team must have a cumulative team GPA of at least 3.10 through the fall semester. A total of 141 men’s teams and 197 women’s teams were honored as All-Academic teams.
The WUSTL men had three student-athletes earn All-Academic status: senior David Hamm, junior Kevin Sparks, and sophomore Garrett Patrick. Sophomore Lucy Cheadle was named to the All-Academic list for the Washington U. women.
In order to qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3, and must have placed in the top 35 at the NCAA Regional Championships. A total of 201 student-athletes representing 104 institutions earned All-Academic status on the women’s side, while 162 men’s student-athletes from 85 institutions were honored. The University Athletic Association (UAA) had 16 men’s student-athletes recognized with All-Academic honors, the most by any conference.