Schroeder, Kansas men and women earn Cross Country All-Academic awards
NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced the 2017 cross country individual and team academic awards on Friday, with Kansas senior Alaina Schroeder as well as both the men’s and women’s cross country teams earning All-Academic nods.
To be eligible for the award, a team must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA and must have had at least five runners compete at the NCAA regional championship meet in November. The Jayhawk women amassed a GPA of 3.59, while the men ended the fall semester with a 3.11 cumulative GPA. The women’s squad garnered the honor for the ninth-straight season, while the KU men earned the distinction for the eighth-consecutive year.
Schroeder had a stellar year both on the cross country course and in the classroom, earning All-Big 12 honors with an 11th-place finish at the conference meet and finishing 18th at the regional meet to earn her first-career All-Region distinction, while also posting a perfect 4.0 GPA and earning First Team All-Big 12 Academic honors in the fall semester.
In order to qualify for the individual honor, athletes must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and finish in the top-25 (or 10 percent) at regionals or as an All-American at the national meet.
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