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Thursday, February 17, 2011The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has announced those menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s teams who earned 2010 Division I All-Academic Cross Country status and the Lipscomb Bisons were included on that list.
The Bisons posted a 3.37 grade point average.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am proud of both teams for their continued academic success,Ã¢â‚¬Â coach Bill Taylor said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We have been nationally ranked and have earned team All-Academic status every year since I've been here, and have a history of academic success prior to my arrival.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“In my entire coaching career I have never coached a men's or women's cross country or track & field team that didn't achieve above a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Academics are extremely important to me and always will be.Ã¢â‚¬Â
A total of 152 institutions represent 31 conferences that compose the group. The Big 12 led all conferences with 10 members earning All-Academic honors and was followed by the Big East which had nine listed.
Mississippi Valley State reported the highest cumulative GPA among All-Academic honorees with a 3.62. Southern Illinois followed with a 3.60.
Seven of the top ten finishing teams at the 2010 NCAA Cross Country Championships earned All-Academic status. Of the 31 teams that participated in the national final, 20 of those earned All-Academic status.
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 regionals at their respective NCAA regional championship.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“While we should be proud about another year of earning national All-Academic status, I also want to say that my standards and expectations are higher than what we achieved this year,Ã¢â‚¬Â Taylor said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I expect our athletes to excel at the absolute highest levels in the classroom. Though we are still one of the nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s best, we slipped a bit this year and I look forward to seeing our athletes push both programs back up to the top of the nation.Ã¢â‚¬Â