NEW ORLEANS – Three members of the Slippery Rock University men’s cross country team placed on the 2010 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic team and the team has earned All-Academic team honors.
Individuals earning honors were: Eric Geddis from Cranberry Township, Pa., Alex Koksal from Lancaster, Ohio, and Brian Ulrich from Duncannon, Pa.
Ulrich was SRU’s top finisher at the regional meet this past fall, crossing the line in 26th-place. Koksal finished 51st, with Geddis coming in at 59th.
Both Ulrich and Geddis are repeat selections to the All-Academic team.
To be eligible for All-Academic individual honors, a student-athlete must maintain above a 3.25 cumulative grade-point average and finish in the top 30 percent at the NCAA Regional Championships or in the top-50 percent at the National Championships.
Team eligibility for All-Academic honors, require the entire team maintain above a 3.0 collective grade-point average and compile a score (five finishers) at the NCAA Regional Championships.
SRU, which earned All-Academic team honors last season with a 3.05 collective GPA, increased its team GPA to 3.18 at the end of the 2010 fall semester. The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference led all Division II conferences with 10 teams earning All-Academic honors.
"We have always had a proud tradition of excellence both on the course and in the classroom," said John Papa, head coach. "I'm very pleased with the efforts put forth by the cross country program this past fall."
The Rock finished fourth at both the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and the NCAA Atlantic Regional championships in 2010.
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