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Lady Bisons cross country team earns academic honors

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has announced those women’s teams who earned 2010 Division I All-Academic Cross Country status.

The Lipscomb Lady Bisons are on the list with a 3.49 grade point average.

A total of 192 institutions represent 30 conferences that compose the group. The Big East led all conferences with 12 members earning All-Academic honors and was followed by the Big 12 and Big Ten who each placed 11 on the list.

“I am proud of both teams for their continued academic success,” coach Bill Taylor said. “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.

“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.”

Alabama reported the highest cumulative GPA among All-Academic honorees with a 3.88. Arkansas State and Missouri State were next in the category at 3.70.

Nine 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, 25 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 regional at their respective NCAA regional championship.

“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,” Taylor said. “I expect our athletes to excel at the absolute highest levels in the classroom. Though we are still one of the nation’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.”