UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The University of Richmond men's and women's cross country squads have continued their long-standing tradition of academic excellence by achieving 2016 Division I All-Academic status, as announced by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Association of America (USTFCCCA) this week. This marks the 15th consecutive year that both the men’s and women’s Spider squads have been named to the list.
"One of many things that attracted Steve and I to the University of Richmond many years ago was the academic strength of the students and the support of athletics department staff and university faculty on the academic success of student-athletes. Our teams work very hard both in the classroom and on our field of competition. We are very happy for our teams and proud of their accomplishments in the classroom," said Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Lori Taylor. "Every year we set this academic honor and winning the Atlantic 10 Championship as goals for our program. Our women’s team won the Atlantic 10 Championships this fall for the second consecutive year and for the 15th-consecutive year both our men and women have achieved this academic award, exemplifying the importance our teams place on their education- the primary reason they are here at the University of Richmond."
To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, programs must have a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have started at least five runners at their respective NCAA regional championship.
The Richmond women recorded a 3.27 cumulative grade point average to join eleven other A-10 programs in Davidson, Dayton, Duquesne, Fordham, George Mason, George Washington, LaSalle, Saint Joseph’s, UMASS, Rhode Island and VCU on this year's list.
The Spider men maintained a 3.39 cumulative GPA to complete what has become a decade and a half of academic distinction for both the men's and women's programs. They maintained the fifth highest team GPA among the NCAA Southeast Region (Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Kentucky) schools and join eleven fellow A-10 squads in Davidson, Dayton, Duquesne, Fordham, George Mason, George Washington, LaSalle, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Louis, UMASS and VCU in receiving the honor.
"It's also important to recognize that our student-athletes are not only earning their education, but they are doing so at a remarkably high level in the classroom and on the fields of competition," said head men's coach Steve Taylor. "They exert tremendous passion for success. Our men and women are not simply doing the minimum, instead they have chosen to excel in every area and chase excellence. In this pursuit they have learned the balance between all aspects of their college experience including academia, athletics and community service works."
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