Feb. 14, 2014
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 on Friday.
Meanwhile, junior Rachel Johnson garnered individual USTFCCCA All-Academic honors.
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 3.54 team cumulative GPA in 2013 and led the league with seven athletes making the Academic All-Big 12 team. In competition, the Bears finished seventh at the Big 12 Championships and at the regional level BU took ninth.
On the women's side, the Lady Bears had a cumulative 3.48 GPA. BU led the Big 12 with 14 selections to the league's academic squad. On the course, the women were fifth at the Big 12 Championships. To conclude the season, Baylor placed sixth at the NCAA South Central Regional.
Individually, Johnson was won of 129 women's student-athletes to earn the academic accolade nationally. The exercise physiology major has a cumulative GPA of 3.47 and earned a trip to the NCAA Championships with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA South Central Regional. She carded All-Big 12 honors by taking 10th at the Big 12 Championships.
Baylor is one of 160 men's teams to earn all-academic status by the USTFCCCA, while the women's program is one of 217 nationally to be honored. Baylor joins Iowa State, Kansas and Oklahoma State as the only Big 12 programs to have both the men's and women's squads recognized.
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