KU Cross Country Honored for Academics
NEW ORLEANS – The University of Kansas men’s and women’s cross country teams earned All-Academic Team honors for the 2014 season, it was announced Wednesday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The Jayhawks’ Jacob Morgan was also honored as he claimed individual USTFCCCA All-Academic honors.
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. KU was one of five teams in the Big 12 Conference to see both its men’s and women’s teams earn the distinction. The Jayhawk men amassed a GPA of 3.10, while the women ended the fall semester with a 3.31 cumulative GPA.
The KU men were led by the junior, Morgan, who not only excelled on the cross country trails, but in the classroom during his first year as a Jayhawk. The Topeka, Kansas native earned a spot on the NCAA Midwest All-Region Team after his seventh-place performance at the Midwest Regional in November.
The Jayhawk women earned All-Academic team status after the squad combined for a 3.31 GPA in the fall. The team garnered the honor for the sixth-straight season, while the KU men earned the distinction for the fifth-consecutive year.
Both the Kansas men’s and women’s cross country teams posted top-15 finishes at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships. Morgan nabbed an NCAA at-large bid, where he went on to finish 91st, the best finish by a Jayhawk at the national meet since 2007. He was also named the All-Big 12 squad after his fifth-place finish at the conference meet hosted by KU at Rim Rock Farm.
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