UCCS cross country teams honored for academics

By Alex Sommers published February 22, 2011

Both University of Colorado at Colorado Springs cross country teams were honored as 2010 all-academic teams by the United States Track and field and Cross Country Coaches Association. For a team to be honored, your entire roster, not counting redshirts, has to have a cumulative GPA of over 3.0.

The UCCS women's team had a cumulative GPA of 3.34 and the men's team also accomplished the GPA goals with a cumulative 3.07. Sophomore, Mike English made it as an individual by finishing in the top 30 percent of the region and having a GPA of over 3.25.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team in Division II, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or greater through the most-recent semester, completed at least 12 credit hours in the semester of cross country competition, and placed in the top 50 percent at the most recent NCAA National Championships or in the top 30 percent at the NCAA Regional Championships.

On the men's side, the Mountaineers of Western State are the USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Men's Scholar Team of the Year. A total of 182 student-athletes represent the 89 institutions that compose the group. Western State, coached by Jennifer Michel, tallied a 3.37 cumulative team GPA through the latest semester. The Mountaineers finished as the national runners-up at the NCAA D-II Cross Country Championships this fall and were topped only by rival Adams State. The squad also finished second at the NCAA Central Region Championships and the RMAC Championships.

The Grand Valley State Lakers were named the women's team of the year. The Lakers, coached by Jerry Baltes, has a cumulative team GPA through the 2010 fall semester of 3.37. Grand Valley State won their first NCAA team title in the fall with a 66-point effort to best nearest challenger Western State (95). Grand Valley placed two runners, Katherine McCarthy and Megan Maceratini, in the race's top ten. GVSU's remaining five finished in the race's top 35. The Lakers had previously finished as national runner-up in three of the previous five national championships. They also won a tenth-straight NCAA Midwest Region title with a dominant 26-79 victory over Ferris State by placing four runners in the region's top eight. GVSU also won the GLIAC title for the tenth straight year, winning the 2010 race with just 18 points.

Jeff Veiga of UMass, Lowell, was named Division II athlete of the year. Veiga, an accounting major with a 3.33 cumulative GPA, was the third-place overall finisher at the 2010 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships. In addition, the Lowell, Mass., native won the NCAA East Regional title this fall to earn USTFCCCA East Region Athlete of the Year honors. Veiga was the runner-up at the Northeast-10 Conference Championships.

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