Men’s Cross-Country the Smartest Team in Nation
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced its annual All-Academic Team awards and the Rensselaer men’s and women’s cross country programs both earned recognition. The men’s squad finished with the highest team grade point average in the nation, while the women were second.
Posting the highest grade point average in the nation with a 3.68, the Rensselaer men earned All-Academic Team recognition from the USTFCCCA for the third straight season. Last year, the Engineers finished seventh overall among the nation’s top programs with a 3.520 GPA.
On the women’s side, the Engineers were also recognized for the third straight season, finishing in a three-way tie for second place among the nation’s top academic squads. Rensselaer had a GPA of 3.68 for the fall ’09 semester, boosting their numbers from 2008 when they achieved a 3.377 GPA.
The Engineers women also had an outstanding season on the course representing Rensselaer at the NCAA Championships for the first time in program history. Led by Marie Ferro, the Liberty League Rookie of the Year, and Erin Kyle, a two-time NCAA Championship competitor, Rensselaer was selected with an at-large berth after finishing fifth at the NCAA Atlantic Regional Meetthe best finish ever by the women’s program at Regionals.
Twenty-two of Rensselaer’s 24 cross country runners qualified for the Dean’s List last semester; 17 of those student-athletes earned at least a 3.50 GPA. Thirteen student-athletes were named to the Liberty League All-Academic squad.
The Engineers cross country teams helped Rensselaer student-athletes post an average grade point average of 3.06 for the term. That GPA ranked higher than that of the entire campus, which had an average of 3.04, as well as that of non-student-athletes, which was also 3.04. Sixteen of Rensselaer’s athletic programs boasted average GPAs of 3.00