Feb. 16, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - The Baylor women's cross country team, as well as individual members Cate Westenhover and Robyn Bennett, earned All-Academic honors from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, announced Wednesday by USTFCCCA officials.
The award honors teams and student-athletes who 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. For a student-athlete to be eligible for the award, they must carry a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA and must finish among the top 15 finishers (or top 10 percent) of the field at their respective NCAA regional meet.
Westenhover, a junior journalism major from Austin, Texas, earns the award for the second consecutive season, while the freshman Bennett, a native of Queensland, Australia, is honored for the first time.
Westenhover and Bennett led Baylor to a fourth-place team finish at the NCAA South Central Regional, each earning all-region honors and individual berths to the NCAA Championships. Westenhover stayed in the top five for nearly the entire race, finishing in fourth place to earn all-region honors for the second year in a row with a personal-best time of 20:29.2.
Bennett held strong in a small pack right behind the leaders and used a strong finish to place seventh. She received all-region honors in covering the course in 20:46.7.
Baylor is one of 192 women's teams to earn all-academic status by the USTFCCCA, while Westenhover and Bennett are two of 99 female student-athletes honored. Baylor is also one of just 24 programs to have multiple honorees on the women's list.