NEW ORLEANS - For the 19th straight season, the Miami University women's cross country team garnered All-Academic Team status from the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association as the USTFCCCA announced the All-Academic Teams for the 2012 fall season on Monday. The RedHawks have earned the honor each year since 1994, when the award was first given.
Miami compiled a 3.57 grade-point average, which is the best GPA the program has achieved since the honor was first handed out in 1994, topping last year's 3.56 GPA. The RedHawks' GPA ranked third among the 10 Mid-American Conference teams honored, trailing only Eastern Michigan (3.66 GPA) and Northern Illinois (3.65 GPA). Miami's GPA was second-best among the eight Division I schools in Ohio recognized, trailing only Dayton (3.59 GPA).
A total of 200 Division I women's cross country teams collected All-Academic Team status while Miami's GPA ranked 28th nationally. Oregon was named the Women's Scholar Team of the Year after posting a 3.66 GPA while winning the national championship. Southern Miss had the highest team GPA at 3.79 while the Big East had the most teams honored with 12. The MAC's 10 recipients ranked third among the conferences.
Three individual RedHawks earned Academic All-MAC honors earlier this season as redshirt junior Monica Fischer (Cincinnati, Ohio), sophomore Jess Hoover (Hilliard, Ohio) and junior Erica Howes (Fairfax, Va.) were recognized for having GPAs north of 3.6 and performing well athletically. A total of 18 RedHawks had a GPA better than 3.4. Competitively, Miami placed second at the MAC Championships and 10th 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 men's cross country team was also named an All-Academic Team by the USTFCCCA on Monday.