NEW ORLEANS - For the seventh straight year, the Miami University men's cross country team earned All-Academic Team status from the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association as the USTFCCCA announced the recipients for the 2012 fall season on Monday. The RedHawks have now been recognized for their work in the classroom in 10 of the last 11 seasons and 17 of 19 years under head coach Warren Mandrell.
Miami was one of just five Mid-American Conference men's teams to receive the honor, while the RedHawks' 3.37 cumulative grade-point average was second among the MAC teams behind only Bowling Green (3.53 GPA). Miami also posted the second-best GPA among Division I Ohio teams, as Dayton and Wright State were the only other Ohio teams (besides MAC schools) honored.
A total of 145 Division I men's cross country teams were recognized by the USTFCCCA as an All-Academic Team while Miami's team GPA ranked 36th nationally. Oklahoma State was named the Men's Scholar Team of the Year after winning the national championship while posting a 3.20 GPA. Memphis had the highest team GPA at 3.65 while the Big East had the most teams honored with nine earning All-Academic status.
Miami had two individuals tabbed Academic All-MAC earlier this year for their efforts in the classroom and on the course as redshirt senior David Eichenberger (Plainfield, Ind.) and redshirt junior Matt Marol (Evanston, Ill.) were both honored after posting GPAs north of 3.75. The RedHawks also had a strong showing as a team athletically, tying for third at the MAC Championships and finishing an impressive sixth at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional.
To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have started at least five runners at their respective NCAA regional championship. Miami's women's cross country team was also named an All-Academic Team by the USTFCCCA on Monday.