Mines News

Release Date Friday, March 4, 2016

Hardrockers Bring Home All-Academic Team Honors

RAPID CITY, S.D. (March 2, 2016) – The South Dakota School of Mines men’s and women’s cross country teams were recently recognized as NCAA Div. II All-Academic Teams by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) during the organization’s national convention in New Orleans.

“Our cross country scholar-athletes continue to excel in their academics and are great examples of the outstanding leaders we are developing at Mines, both inside and outside the classroom,” said Heather Wilson, president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

2016 Men Cross CountryThe Hardrocker men’s team finished the season with a 3.305 GPA, represented as the top NCAA Div. II program in South Dakota and ranked 30th on the national scale. The Lady Hardrocker squad posted a 3.433 GPA and was second among South Dakota Div. II programs behind Northern State (Aberdeen) and rank 67th nationally.

“We’re extremely proud of these scholar-athletes and their hard work in the classroom as well as in practice and competition,” said Hardrocker cross country head coach Steve Johnson. “They are a great example of the NCAA Div. II athlete and what can be accomplished when athletics and academics are in balance.”

The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) was well represented in this year’s honors as the Adams State women and Colorado Mines men were named the 2015 NCAA Div. II Cross Country Scholar Teams of the Year by the USTFCCCA. The two teams stand out among 137 women’s programs and 104 men’s programs that earned All-Academic Team honors.

ASU and CSM earned the honor as the highest-finishing teams at the NCAA Championships to have garnered All-Academic Team honors. Teams must have compiled a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and must have scored at an NCAA Div. II regional meet to qualify for All-Academic awards.

The Scholar Teams of the Year were among 137 women’s teams and 104 men’s teams that earned All-Academic honors from the USTFCCCA.

In total, 149 unique programs were recognized, including 93 schools that had both their women’s and men’s squads recognized.


About SD Mines  

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,778 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate is 96 percent, with an average starting salary of $62,929. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on Facebook and Twitter.


Contact: Brad Blume, (605) 394-2355, Bradley.Blume@sdsmt.edu