MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – With the ninth-best team GPA in the country, the West Virginia cross country team was honored Monday by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches of America (USTFCCCA) as a 2011 Division I All-Academic Team.
Out of 205 NCAA Division I schools recognized on the USTFCCCA All-Academic list, the Mountaineers tied with Southeast Missouri State, Arkansas-Little Rock and Evansville with an average team GPA of 3.65, landing in ninth overall.
To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have started at least five runners at their respective NCAA regional championship.
Alabama reported the nation’s highest cumulative team GPA (3.83), followed by Southern Mississippi (3.80). A total of 30 conferences composed the group, with the BIG EAST leading the way with 14 schools. The Pac-12 followed with 11.
Nine of the top ten finishing teams at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships earned All-Academic status. Of the 31 teams that participated in the national final, 26 of those earned All-Academic status.
The Mountaineers finished in eighth place at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championship, their fourth Top-10 finish in five years, with two runners earning All-America status. In addition, three runners earned All-BIG EAST and five were named All-Mid-Atlantic Region in 2011.
Georgetown, named the women’s Scholar Team of the Year, became the third consecutive BIG EAST program to earn the honor. The Hoyas, 2011 national champions, own a team GPA of 3.28.