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February 14, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU track cross county teams earn All-Academic honors

NEW ORLEANS –The Slippery Rock University men’s and women’s cross country teams have earned All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, and five members of the women’s team and three members of the men’s team have been placed on their respective All-Academic team.

In order for teams to earn the All-Academic honor, the collective cumulative grade point average for all members on the roster must be above 3.0. A total of 92 men's cross country programs in Division II earned the honor. SRU is one of 89 institutions to earn the All-Academic title for both its men's and women's teams. The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference led all Division II conferences with 15 women's teams and nine men's teams earning the honor.

Along with the team honor on the women’s side, Kara Styles an exercise science graduate student from Windber; along with exercise science majors Sara Miller from Dauphin, Sarah Wirth from Cogan Station and Jenny Picot from Boontown, N.J.; and Brittany Fagan, a pre-physical therapy major from West Mifflin, earned individual All-Academic team honors.

In order to earn the individual honor, a student-athlete must maintain above a 3.25 cumulative grade point average and must finish in the top 30 percent of all runners at the NCAA Regional Championship meet.

SRU led all NCAA Division II schools in the total number of All-Academic selections that have a perfect 4.0 grade point average, including Styles, Miller and Wirth.

In Division II 34 women were named to the All-Academic team with a 4.0 GPA.

On the men’s side: Morgan Elliott, an exercise science major from Erie, Michael Beegle, a pre-physical therapy major from Gettysburg, and Ryan McGuire, a physical education major from Turtle Creek, made the All-Academic squad as individuals.

Slippery Rock was named host for the 2014 Atlantic Regional meet.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.