NEW ORLEANS – For an eighth consecutive year, the Miami University men’s cross country team garnered All-Academic Team accolades by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Association (USTFCCCA), who announced the All-Academic Team list for the 2013 season Friday.
The RedHawks have been recognized for their stellar academics 11 of the last 12 seasons and 18 of 20 years under head coach Warren Mandrell. The team’s 3.42 cumulative grade-point average is higher than last season’s 3.37 GPA and ranks third out of the seven MAC teams that have received this honor. Bowling Green leads the conference with a 3.60 GPA, while Akron earned a 3.47 GPA this season. Eastern Michigan (3.41), Central Michigan (3.26), Kent State (3.23), and Toledo (3.15) were also named All-Academic Teams.
“I am extremely proud of the hard work that these young men put in on a daily basis, both in the classroom and athletics,” Mandrell said. “To run an average of nearly 10 miles a day throughout the year, regardless of rain, snow, or 95 degree heat, and still have the energy to go home and do three hours of homework is just amazing to me. They truly represent the best of what Miami University stands for.”
A total of 160 Division I teams were named to the men’s cross country All-Academic Team list, and Miami’s GPA ranks 24th nationally. Northern Arizona was named the men’s Scholar Team of the year after completing the season with a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships and posting a 3.34 cumulative GPA. Chattanooga earned the highest GPA at 3.71, followed by Hartford (3.69), Vanderbilt (3.63), and Bowling Green.
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 women's cross country team was also named an All-Academic Team by the USTFCCCA on Friday.