17 MAAC Cross Country Teams Earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors
Release: February 10, 2017
EDISON, NJ – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has named 17 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Cross Country teams to its Fall Scholar All-America Teams. This award recognizes teams that achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the 2016 Fall Semester. Overall, there were 431 teams that earned distinction from the USTFCCCA for their efforts both athletically and academically.
Eight Men’s Cross Country squads have been named to the USTFCCCA Men’s Scholar All-America Team for the Fall 2016 Semester. The teams include Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Manhattan College, Marist College, Quinnipiac University, Rider University, and Siena College. Quinnipiac’s Men’s Cross Country finished the Fall 2016 semester with a 3.58 team GPA followed by Marist (3.47), Canisius (3.41), Iona (3.37), Rider (3.29), Siena (3.26), Manhattan (3.21), and Fairfield (3.18).
Nine Women’s Cross Country teams have been named to the USTFCCCA Women’s Scholar All-America Team for the Fall 2016 Semester. The teams include Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Manhattan College, Marist College, Monmouth University, Quinnipiac University, Rider University, and Siena College. Quinnipiac’s Women’s Cross Country finished the Fall 2016 semester with a 3.66 team GPA followed by Marist and Rider (3.50), Siena College (3.46), Canisius and Manhattan (3.44), Iona (3.43), Monmouth (3.35), and Fairfield (3.31).
The USTFCCCA also announced this year’s 2016 NCAA Division I Scholar Athletes of the Year. To qualify for this honor, athletes must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and finish in the top-25 (or 10 percent) at regionals or as an All-American at the national meet. In total, there were 265 athletes named USTFCCCA All-Academic. Representing the MAAC with five student-athletes was Iona College. Kieran Clements, Liam Dee, Jac Hopkins, and Chartt Miller represented the Men’s team and Teghan Henderson represented the Women’s team.
About the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA)
The U.S Track and Field and Cross Country Association is a non-profit professional organization representing cross country and track & field coaches of all levels. The organization represents 6,000 coaching members encompassing NCAA track & field programs (DI, DII, DIII) and includes members representing the NAIA and NJCAA, as well as a number of state high coaches associations.