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Men's Cross Country Garners Academic Award

Courtesy of the USTFCCCA

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The NCAA Division I Cross Country Champion Providence women and the Northern Arizona men have been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I Scholar Team of the year for the 2013 cross country season among 217 women's programs and 160 men's programs that earned All-Academic Team honors.

Northern Arizona, which finished runner-up at the NCAA Championships, earned the honor as the highest-finishing teams at NCAAs to have earned All-Academic Team honors by compiling a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.

This is the first time the Lumberjacks have won the award since it debuted in 2006. NAU is also the first winner from the Big Sky Conference.With 169 points, Northern Arizona finished just 20 points behind national champion Colorado, tying its highest finish in program history. The Lumberjacks also notched team victories at the Mountain Regional over eventual champion Colorado, the Big Sky Conference and the Wisconsin adidas Team Invitational. Northern Arizona earned a cumulative 3.34 grade point average on its way to a runner-up showing at the NCAA Championships. The Lumberjacks' roster featured two individuals who earned All-Academic individual honors, including All-American Brian Shrader.

The Scholar Teams of the Year were among 217 women's teams and 160 men's teams that earned All-Academic Team honors for the 2013 season. Programs must have compiled a cumulative GPA or 3.00 or greater to qualify for the award.

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