NEW ORLEANS - The Slippery Rock University women’s cross country team posted a collective grade-point average of 3.56 after the fall semester to earn All-Academic team honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
In order to be eligible for All-Academic honors, a team must compile a collective grade-point average above 3.0 and have five finishers at the NCAA Regional Championships.
The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference led all NCAA Division II conferences with 14 teams meeting those qualifications. In total, 107 programs earned All-Academic honors. SRU’s 3.56 GPA ranked as the 18th best in the nation, a major accomplishment for one of the largest rosters in the country.
“Our ladies recording a grade-point average like that is impressive on many levels,” said John Papa, head coach. “We have a women’s roster of over 30 student-athletes, and I couldn’t be more proud of their ability to excel in the classroom and on the course.”
To go along with the distinction of having an All-Academic team, Slippery Rock led the nation with seven honorees when the All-Academic individual team was released earlier this week.
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