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Track & Field Earns 14th-Straight All-Academic Team Honors
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 08/03/2016
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UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - For the 14th-consecutive year, the University of Richmond women's track and field program has been recognized by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as an NCAA Division I All-Academic Team for their outstanding academic standing, having achieved a cumulative team GPA of 3.19 for the past year.

Acknowledgement for success in the classroom is nothing new for the women's track & field and men's and women's cross country teams. The teams have already accrued several prestigious individual honors for academic achievement and this marks the 14th-straight year the programs have achieved this academic distinction.

"We are proud of the academic achievements of our cross country and track & field programs," said Director of Track & Field, Lori Taylor. “This achievement was set as a yearly program goal by the student-athletes on the teams way back when Steve and I arrived here at Richmond. They established a tradition and our current athletes are continuing that tradition. This is a standard goal for our women’s track & field and men’s and women’s cross country programs and we believe achieving the honor for 14 consecutive years shows our commitment as a staff as well as our individual athletes."

The Spider women were one of eleven Atlantic 10 Conference members to earn the honor and one of 220 D-I women’s track and field teams in the country to be recognized.  To be eligible, the teams must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00.

“We are thankful for the hard work our women and men put into their academic work and to see the tradition continue for 14 consecutive years within our men's and women's cross country and track & field programs is very exciting and truly remarkable,” Taylor added.  “It shows our athletes recognize the importance of their education and that it is the primary reason they are here at UR. To balance the intense competitive schedule we carry with the quality education the professors here provide is what our student-athletes thrive upon. A job well done to our team members."

For all the latest news and coverage on Richmond track & field, be sure to go to RichmondSpiders.com.

More in-depth coverage can be found by following head coach Steve Taylor on his blog. The Spiders also have their own TwitterFacebook and Instagram pages.


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