Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
NEW ORLEANS, LA - For an 11th-straight season, the New Mexico State women's cross country team was recognized as an NCAA Division I All-Academic Team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the organization announced on Friday.
"The number of years in a row our women's teams have won this award is a testament to how ingrained academic success has become within the team's culture. It is something that started a long time ago and our level of academic expectation has been passed down year after year," assistant coach Joseph Rath said. "Distance running requires a lot of self-discipline and focus that I have always felt transfers over well to the classroom. These young ladies have shown once again that you can balance training, racing and school at a consistently high level."
The reigning Western Athletic Conference champions were one of four league teams on the women's side to receive the accolade. Overall, seven squads from the WAC earned the award.
Qualifications for the honor included a team grade-point average of 3.0 or higher and the squad competing at the regional level of the NCAA Championship. The Aggies concluded the 2017 season with a 3.52 GPA.
Overall, 423 teams brought home All-Academic honors. Of those teams, 228 were women's programs while 195 were men's teams.