Feb. 13, 2012

NEW ORLEANS - For the 18th straight season, the Miami University women's cross country team has been named an All-Academic Team, as the U.S. Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association announced the 2011 recipients Monday. The RedHawks have claimed the honor each year since 1994, when the award was first given.

Miami compiled a cumulative grade-point average of 3.56, which is the program's highest in the 18 years since the award has been handed out, topping the 3.54 GPA Miami earned in 2007. To earn All-Academic Team accolades, a team must have competed at an NCAA Regional Championship and earned a minimum team cumulative GPA of 3.00.

The RedHawks' 3.56 GPA tied Central Michigan for the highest GPA among all Mid-American Conference teams, 10 of which earned All-Academic Team status. The 3.56 GPA also tied for 30th nationally among the 205 teams honored.

Miami placed third at the MAC Cross Country Championships this past fall and finished 11th at the Great Lakes Regional. Senior Maggie Bingham (Carmel, Ind.) and freshman Jess Hoover (Hilliard, Ohio) both earned Second-Team All-MAC honors while senior Kelley Miller (Dublin, Ohio) garnered Academic All-MAC accolades.