Cross Country Teams Receive Numerous Academic Awards


first_imgThe Drake University cross country teams added to their legacy of being one of the strongest academic programs in the nation as both the men’s and women’s teams have been named All-Academic teams by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The women’s team recorded one of the top 50 team grade point averages in the nation at 3.6 during the fall semester while the men’s team ranked 37th nationally with a 3.42 GPA.The All-Academic team honor is the 18th-straight for the men’s program and the 10th in the last 11 years for the women’s program.”Our student-athletes have made it a tradition to compete at the highest levels both athletically and academically,” said Drake head cross country coach Dan Hostager. “Year in and year out they are the leaders not only in the Missouri Valley Conference, but nationally as well. Many of them are enrolled in extremely challenging and demanding majors, but they continue to rise to the challenge both in the classroom and competition to meet and surpass our program’s standard of excellence.”In addition to the national rankings, both programs also ranked in the top half of all Missouri Valley Conference programs.Senior Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) collected individual honors from the USTFCCCA by being named All-Academic by the organization.In order for a student-athlete to qualify for the honor, they must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and finished in the top-25 (or 10 percent) at regionals or as an All-American at the national meet. Only four Missouri Valley Conference male student-athletes earned the honor.Fischer, who was the MVC men’s cross country champion, finished 50th at the NCAA Championships after recording a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional. Academically, Fischer owns a 3.81 GPA as an English/public relations major. In the fall of 2016, he was named the MVC Elite 18 award winner for cross country and has been named the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week seven times in his career.The women’s team also collected another team honor on Feb. 7 as they were awarded the Drake University Provost’s Award for the fourth-consecutive year. The award is given annually to the Drake athletic team that records the highest team grade point average.”The Provost’s Award is something that means a lot to our team and they’ve put a lot of work into retaining that honor,” Hostager added. “Every year they set the bar higher and continue to exceed it. It’s a great honor to have the highest GPA in the department, especially when all 18 of our department’s team perform at such a high level academically.”Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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