Cross Country Teams, Cronin Honored for Academics

Friday, February 14, 2014

cross country all-academic On a day when the Muhlenberg track and field teams had to cancel their trip to compete at the Armory in New York, many team members were honored for their academic accomplishments.

The men’s and women’s cross country teams earned All-Academic Team honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, and senior Nicki Cronin earned individual All-Academic honors.

To earn All-Academic Team honors, programs must have compiled a cumulative GPA or 3.10 or greater and competed in at least five different meets with at least five runners representing their school at each.

Muhlenberg was one of 141 colleges to have both its men’s and women’s teams recognized. The Mule men combined for a 3.23 GPA, while the women clocked in with an impressive 3.63, which tied for 18th in Division III.

A total of 10 Mule runners were named to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll last fall.

For the individual award, honorees must have compiled a cumulative GPA or 3.30 or greater and must have finished among the top 25 percent of finishers at their respective regional championships. Cronin, a physics major, placed 20th at the NCAA Mideast Regional to earn all-region laurels for the third year in a row. She also earned a bid to the NCAA Championships, where she finished 135th.

In the last 15 years, the Muhlenberg cross country and track teams have received a total of 79 certificates from the USTFCCCA for academic achievement.