Concordia St. Paul News

February 14, 2014

Cross Country Teams Rank Among Nation’s Best Academically

For the seventh time since the 2005 season, the Concordia University, St. Paul cross country teams have earned the USTFCCCA Division II All-Academic Team award. The women rank 15th in the nation while the men rank fifth with identical 3.62 cumulative team grade point averages.

The Concordia women also top the NSIC while the men only trail Sioux Falls (#2, 3.79). The Northern Sun was the second most recognized conference in Division II with 14 women’s selections and eight men’s.

There were 136 women’s teams and 94 men’s teams to earn the team academic nod. To qualify, programs must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater and scored at an NCAA Division II regional meet. There were 141 total programs at the Division II level including 89 programs that had both their women’s and men’s teams earn the honor.

The men’s ranking at No. 5 in the country is the second highest for the program, trailing the 2006 team that had the top GPA in the land while marking it’s fourth time in the top-10 of national cross country GPA’s. The women’s team No. 15 ranking is its second highest mark, trailing the 2005 team that finished No. 8.

Concordia’s men have now earned the award five times since 2005 including three straight years while the women also earned the honor for the fifth time and the first since 2008. This is the third time the team’s have both qualified for the high academic mark in the same season and the cross country program has now earned the honor 10 times between the two programs since 2005.

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