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February 17, 2011

Cross Country Garners All-Academic Team Status From USTFCCCA

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Thursday that both the men's and women's cross country teams at Northern Arizona were named All-Academic Cross Country Teams for the 2010 season. This is the seventh time under Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Eric Heins that his squads have earned the distinguished honor.

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.

"We continue to appreciate the support by academic services and all that Pam Lowie and her staff does for our teams to help them throughout the semester," Heins said. "Keeping these strong GPAs throughout the season just shows how hard the athletes work in the athletic realm and inside the classroom."

A total of 192 women's teams represent 30 conferences, including Idaho State, Montana, Montana State, NAU and Weber State from the Big Sky. On the men's side, 152 schools earned the academic honor, including the same five from the conference.

The women's squad sported a 3.35 GPA for the 2010 campaign and includes four All-Big Sky Academic selections in junior Lisette Michaels, sophomore Alex Myers and freshmen Carissa Gwerder and Sarah Raber.

The men's team that finished ninth overall at the NCAA Cross Country Championships recorded a 3.16 GPA for the season. They were led in the classroom by All-Big Sky Academic selections David McNeill, Jason Pedersen, Andrew Belus and Tim Freriks, all who are repeat winners of the award.