GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The University of North Dakota’s men’s and women’s cross country teams have garnered national recognition for academics, extending a streak for both that dates all the way back to the 1990s.
Both squads today were honored as 2016 Division I Cross Country All-Academic Teams by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). It was the 20th time in the last 21 years UND’s women’s team has received such recognition and the 19th time in the last 20 years for the men’s program.
In order to qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have a cumulative team GPA of at least 3.00 and must also have started at least five runners at its respective NCAA regional championship.
Upon completion of the Fall 2016 semester, UND’s men’s cross country team possessed a cumulative grade-point average of 3.37, second-best in the Big Sky Conference behind only Eastern Washington (3.33). On the women’s side, the Fighting Hawks boasted a 3.60 cumulative grade-point average.
The North Dakota cross country program completed its 32nd season of competition under the guidance of head coach Dick Clay in 2016, its fifth in the Big Sky Conference.
A complete list of 2016 USTFCCCA Division I All-Academic Teams can be found at the USTFCCCA website.