Stanford XC Earns Seven National All-Academic Honorees

March 1, 2010

New Orleans - Seven Stanford cross country athletes were honored by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association today as All-Academic honorees. The men had four honorees, tying with Iona for the most in the nation. The three for the women's team was also among the most in the nation.

The award honors those student-athletes who have succeeded both academically and athletically. To be eligible for the award a student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average and must finish among the top 15 finishers (or top 10 percent) of the field at their respective NCAA regional meet.

All seven Cardinal athletes were first time winners in cross country. Juniors Elliott Heath and Justin Marpole-Bird led the Stanford men, earning their honors while majoring in biomedical engineering and international relations, respectively. Sophomores Chris Derrick and Miles Unterreiner were also honored as undeclared majors.

On the women's side NCAA Elite 88 Award winner, Kate Niehaus was honored. Niehaus had the top GPA at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, while like Heath, majoring in biomechanical engineering. Junior Stephanie Marcy (ancient history) and freshman Alex Dunne (undeclared) were also honored.

Of the seven Academic All-Americans, only Niehaus will graduate this spring, meaning the rest will be back for the 2010 season.

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