Women’s cross country team named National All-Academic

The Sam Houston State University women’s cross-country team has been honored for something other than their athletic talent by the United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) by earning All-Academic Team for their accomplishments in the class room.

“This hasn’t happened yet in our history,” head coach Curtis Collier said, “It is the first time in our history to receive this award for our academic achievements. We said at the very beginning of the season that we wanted to set this goal, and we have accomplished it.”

To be honored as an All-Academic Team, teams were required to compete in an NCAA regional meet and have at least a cumulative GPA of 3.0. A total of 145 teams received Division I Women’s All-Academic Cross Country Team honors for the season.

“This isn’t just an award for the Southland Conference,” Collier said, “This is out of the entire nation.”

The Bearkats women’s cross country team produced a team grade point average of 3.27. Collier said that the women’s track team was also very close to receiving this award.

“I couldn’t be more proud of them.” Collier said, “They worked hard for that, and it is a great accomplishment for the university.”

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