NEW ORLEANS – For the 20th consecutive season, the Miami University women’s cross country team earned All-Academic Team status from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Association (USTFCCCA), who announced the All-Academic Team list for the 2013 season Friday.
With a 3.67 cumulative grade-point average, the RedHawks have garnered All-Academic Team honors since 1994 when the award was first given, improving upon its 3.57 GPA from last season. Miami’s GPA ranks second among the MAC schools honored, trailing Eastern Michigan who posted a 3.75 GPA. Seven other MAC schools received All-Academic Team status, including Northern Illinois (3.61), Kent State (3.56), Ohio (3.53), Buffalo (3.49), Toledo (3.46), Central Michigan (3.45), and Bowling Green (3.37). Miami’s GPA is also second-best among Division I schools in Ohio, trailing only conference foe Eastern Michigan.
A total of 217 Division I women’s cross country teams were named to the All-Academic Team list, while Miami’s GPA ranks 12th nationally. Providence was named the Women’s Scholar Team of the Year after winning the NCAA Championship title and posting a 3.38 cumulative GPA. Southern Mississippi earned the highest GPA for the 2013 season at 3.79, followed by Southern Alabama and Western Kentucky who both tied for the second-highest GPA at 3.76.
Four RedHawks earned Academic All-MAC honors earlier this season, as senior Erica Howes, and juniors Jess Hoover, Alex Chitwood, and Anna Lamb posted GPAs above a 3.8, while helping their team win the 2013 MAC Championship.
To be named an All-Academic Cross Country Team by the USTFCCCA, the team must have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher, 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 Friday.