NEW ORLEANS - The US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) recently announced its Cross Country All-Academic Team list, with both Georgia College & State University squads making the tome.
Teams needed to have a 3.0 or better grade point average, and also compete at the NCAA Regional Tournament level to qualify. On the women's side 99 teams made the list, while 58 were honored in the men's half.
Adams State College was named the USTFCCCA Scholar Team of the Year on both the men's and women's sides.
The Bobcat women's team had a 3.410 grade point average, tied with ASC, the Division II National Champions. The GCSU women tied for the 29th best GPA in Division II, had the second-best GPA among Southeast Region teams and were tops in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC).
The Bobcat men's team had a 3.210 grade point average, good for 25th in the nation. The GCSU men had the second-best average among Southeast Regional teams, and also took top honors in the PBC.
Both teams had one of their most successful campaigns on the course in 2008, taking their highest finishes in the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship the women getting fifth and the men ninth. The women also picked up the 10th team title in program history, winning the Division II race at the Pepperdine Invitational.
Visit www.GCSUBobcats.com to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame. The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement.