Feb. 25, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS – The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association has awarded the Minnesota men’s cross country team 2012 Division I All-Academic Cross Country status for the program’s performance in the classroom this season.
“This is a great honor for our program, and I’m very proud of the team’s work in the classroom this season,” Director of Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field Steve Plasencia said. “We stress hard work and dedication in all aspects of our program, and it’s great to see the team earn some recognition for their work this year.”
Minnesota fielded a team grade point average of 3.079 this season as one of eight Big Ten schools to earn All-Academic honors – only the Big East had more institutions honored this season with nine.
To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have started at least five runners at their respective NCAA regional championship.
Plasencia Named U.S. Junior Cross Country Coach
True freshmen Hamza Ali and Nick Rink will also represent the U.S. in international competition next month.
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Led by eight Academic All-Big Ten honorees, the Gophers recorded a cumulative team grade point average of 3.43 – the program’s highest team GPA on record dating back to 1999.
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A native of Minneapolis, Minn., Ali entered the meet having set a Gophers record to win the Twin Cities 5K earlier this year (14:47) and also picked up an individual title at the Fall...