Nate Perry, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — The Central Michigan men’s and women’s cross country teams have been recognized by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for their efforts in the classroom.
The Team All-Academic honor for the 2016 season marks the sixth in a row for the Chippewa women’s team, and the fifth in a row for the men.
The women did not qualify for the award in 2010, but did so each year from 2004-2009. They have received the award in 12 of the past 13 seasons.
To qualify, teams must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.
The CMU women’s team GPA of 3.61 ranked tied for the 42nd out of the 242 teams who fit the criteria.
The men held a 3.47 average for the year, which ranked tied for 22nd out of 189 teams.
“With the women making the top 50 and the men making the top 25, it’s a testament to their great work ethic in the classroom,” CMU cross country coach Matt Kaczor said. “All the credit goes to them and our incredible academic support staff.”
The respective streaks show that the Chippewas have made academic success a habit over the past several seasons, Kaczor said, and the consistency stands as a major point of pride for the program.
“As a coach, you are always trying to prepare the student-athletes for successful careers, so taking care of responsibilities in the classroom is of huge importance to me,” he said.
Leading the women’s side was Georgia State University with a 3.85, while Bowling Green State took the top spot on the men’s side with a 3.71 average.