Cross country named USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams
NEW ORLEANS - The South Dakota State men's and women's cross country teams were named NCAA Division I U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Teams for the fifth-consecutive year for their performance in the classroom.
The women recorded the second-best team GPA in The Summit League with a 3.56 GPA. The men's team, the reigning 2010 Summit League men's cross country champions, tallied a 3.17 team GPA and were one of only two Summit League men's team to be honored.
"It's a nice honor for both the men's and women's teams and a part of our tradition to have hard working student-athletes in and out of the classroom," said head coach Rod DeHaven, the 2010 Summit League Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year.
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.
Other Summit League teams to be recognized were the Southern Utah, Oral Roberts, Oakland, IUPUI and IPFW women's teams and the IUPUI men's team.
A total of 192 institutions represented 30 conferences that composed the women's group and a total of 152 institutions represented 31 conferences that composed the men's group.
The Jackrabbit men finished the 2010 season with a second-consecutive Summit League Championship title, while the women finished fifth in the conference.