Women's Cross Country Named Scholar Team Of The Year

March 5, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - The good news keeps coming for the Husky women's cross country team more than three months after they won the 2008 NCAA Championship. Today, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced that Washington is the 2008 NCAA Division I USTFCCCA Women's Cross Country Scholar Team of the Year.

This is the second major academic honor for head coach Greg Metcalf's track and field and cross country athletes in the past year. Following the 2008 outdoor track season, Washington's men were named the USTFCCCA Division I Men's Track & Field Scholar Team of the Year as well.

The Husky women's cross country team was undefeated in 2008, also winning the Pacific-10 Conference title and the NCAA Division I West Region title in the weeks leading up to their national championship. The Huskies earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors in both 2005 and 2006. This year's squad sports a 3.28 team GPA.

'It is hard to be any more proud of this group of women than we already are as a coaching staff, but an award like this is a tremendous honor for them,' said Metcalf. 'Handling the pressures that go along with pursuing a National Championship and maintaining the balance necessary to succeed in the classroom go hand in hand and that is what we strive for here.'

Over forty-five percent of all Division I institutions (394) who sponsor women's cross country received the honor. In addition, seven of the top 10 teams and 14 of the top 20 teams at this year's NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships were named USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams.

The Washington men's cross country team was also named an All-Academic team today. The Husky men placed 18th at NCAA's and maintained a 3.26 GPA.

For a team to be considered for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team award, they must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional Meet. The team must also have a minimum 3.00 team cumulative grade point average.

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