Feb. 14, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - The Northern Illinois University cross country team was named an All-Academic team by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the association announced Friday.
In order to qualify, a team must have competed and compiled a team score at a 2013 NCAA Regional Championship, along with having a minimum 3.0 grade point average as a team.
“It is an honor for our program to again earn All-Academic Team status,” said NIU head coach Greg Hipp. “Every fall, we set the goal of having a team GPA above 3.5. I’m proud of the team for again accepting this challenge and for having the discipline to accomplish it once again.”
Overall, NIU is one of 217 schools named an All-Academic team. The Huskies’ 3.61 team GPA is the 30th-highest in the country, which ranks second among schools in the state of Illinois and third in the Mid-American Conference. Among the school’s that NIU ranked ahead of include Harvard, Yale, Michigan, Ohio State and Dartmouth.
Thirteen members of NIU’s cross country squad boast a GPA of 3.0 or higher, including nine above 3.5 and five with a perfect 4.0. This also marks the third consecutive season in which the Huskies made the list.