NEW ORLEANS - For the eighth straight year, the Miami University women's track and field team earned All-Academic Team distinction in 2012 for its success in the classroom, the U.S. Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association announced Thursday. It also marks the 10th time in the last 11 seasons the RedHawks have picked up the honor.

Miami was one of nine Mid-American Conference schools to garner the award and one of 171 Division I teams nationwide to be recognized. The MAC tied for second with the Big Ten among all conferences with its nine teams being honored, trailing only the Big East with 12 teams.

The RedHawks compiled a 3.28 grade-point average, which is the team's highest since 2009 and third-best all-time. Miami also ranked third among the MAC schools, trailing only Ohio (3.37 GPA) and Eastern Michigan (3.34 GPA).

To earn the All-Academic Team honor, a team must have at least a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Duke compiled the top team GPA among Division I teams with a 3.58 GPA.

On Wednesday, Miami had five individuals named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team as graduates Rachael Clay, Sarah Kinnaman and Kelley Miller and rising juniors Kori Tatman and Ashley Zaper were honored for having a GPA above 3.25 and for either qualifying for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds outdoors or ranking in the top 96 nationally in an individual event during the indoor season. Miami's women's cross country team was also named an All-Academic Team by the USTFCCCA this past season while Miami's men's track and field team also received All-Academic Team plaudits this year.

--MURedHawks.com--