NEW ORLEANS - The Baylor men's and women's cross country teams earned All-Academic honors from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, USTFCCCA officials announced Friday.
This is the seventh-straight season in which BU has had both of its teams recognized.
The award honors teams which have succeeded both academically and athletically. To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country team, the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have started at least five runners at their respective NCAA regional championship.
The Baylor men posted a 3.60 team cumulative GPA in 2017 and had eight athletes make the Academic All-Big 12 team. In competition, the Bears were sixth at the Big 12 Championship and ninth at the NCAA South Central Regional Championships.
On the women's side, the Lady Bears had a cumulative 3.56 GPA. BU had 12 selections to the league's academic squad. On the course, the women were fifth at the Big 12 Championship and third at the NCAA South Central Regional Championships.
Individually, Bradley and West were two of 169 women's student-athletes to earn the academic accolade nationally, while Meyrer was one of 100 men. In order for a student-athlete to qualify for the honor, they must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and finished in the top-25 (or 10 percent) at regionals or as an All-American at the national meet.
All three Baylor individuals are two-time honorees after being selected to the All-Academic Team a season ago.
West, a nutrition sciences major, became the program's ninth Cross Country All-American after posting a 40th-place finish at the NCAA Championships after running a 6,000-meter time of 20:12.5. She earned her second consecutive All-Region honor with a third-place overall finish at the NCAA South Central Regional with a time of 19:40.0 to become one of two Bears to qualify for the NCAA Championships. West also earned her second-straight All-Big 12 honor at the Big 12 Championship with a runner-up finish in 20:06.8.'
Bradley, a pre-business major, was one of two BU runners to individually advance to the NCAA Cross Country Championships after finishing fourth overall at the NCAA South Central Regional in 19:42.3. She earned her second consecutive All-Big 12 honor with a third-place finish at the Big 12 Championship with a time of 20:09.5. At the NCAA Championships, Bradley finished 47th in 20:20.0.
Meyrer, a pre-health science studies major, recorded All-Big 12 and All-Region honors. He was BU's top runner in all five meets he competed in. Meyrer earned his first career all-conference accolade with a 12th place finish with a time of 24:22.8, becoming the first male runner since 2004 to be recognized by the Big 12. He also recorded his second-straight All-Region honor at the NCAA South Central Regional as he finished ninth with a time of 30:13. He was one spot short of qualifying individually for the NCAA Championships.
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