La. – For the second consecutive season, the South Dakota School of Mines men’s
and women’s cross country teams have earned NCAA Div. II All-Academic Team
honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association
. The Hardrockers were among 141
college programs to receive the prestigious award.
“Receiving this honor says a lot about
our student-athletes,” said Hardrocker cross country heads coach Jerry Schafer.
“It recognizes our athletes for not only excelling in competition but also in
To meet the criteria for All-Academic
Team honors, teams must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0
and have scored at an NCAA Div. II regional meet. The Hardrocker men’s and
women’s squad traveled to Canyon, Texas, for the NCAA Div. II South Central
Region Cross Country Championships. Both the ‘Rocker and men and women placed
as a team in their respective races.
“The SD Mines men had a GPA of 3.39
while the Lady Hardrockers’ GPA was 3.24,” Schafer said. “Considering the
rigors that our institution has to offer compiled with the challenges of being
a distance runner, those marks are quite an accomplishment.”
The Grand Valley State (Mich.) women and
the men of Adams State (Colo.) were named the USTFCCCA Div. II Scholar Teams of
GVSU and Adams State earned the honor
as the highest-finishing team at a NCAA Div. II region meet. In winning their
third national women’s cross country title in the past four years, the Lakers
of Grand Valley State collectively earned a 3.32 cumulative GPA behind five
individual All-Academic selections. Adams State earned a cumulative 3.27 GPA on
its way to its fifth national title in the past six seasons.
In total 141 unique programs were
recognized, including 89 programs that had both their women’s and men’s teams
earn the honor.
The Newman (Kan.) men reported the
highest team GPA at 3.80, while the King College (Tenn.) women topped their
gender with a 3.78.
The PSAC led all women’s conference
with 15 teams earning All-Academic honors, followed by the NSIC with 14 and the
Northeast-10 with 13. Men’s conferences were also headlined by the PSAC with
nine teams earning the honor, followed by the NSIC, the GLIAC and the RMAC with