Academic Accolades for Cross Country

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Susquehanna men’s and women’s cross country teams, both the reigning Landmark Conference champions, have reeled in several individual and team academic awards from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Both squads earned All-Academic status while junior Ian Quinlan (Eagle View, Pa./Methacton/Lehigh) and senior Alycia Woodruff (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East) were individually named to the All-Academic team.

The SU women earned 2010 Division III All-Academic Cross Country status with a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.49. A total of 167 women’s team were recognized from 35 different conferences.  To qualify for all-academic status, a team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.10 or better and finished at least five runners at their respective NCAA regional championship.

SU’s men were named to the list after compiling a team GPA of 3.11. They were one of 125 Division III men’s programs recognized.

Individually, Quinlan, an Earth and Environmental Sciences major, was one of 142 male student-athletes at the Division III level to earn All-Academic Cross Country status. To qualify, the student-athlete must have compiled a GPA of at least 3.30 and placed in the top 35 at the NCAA Regional Championships.

Finally, Woodruff was also individually recognized as the history and secondary education major was one of 170 female student-athletes to earn Division III All-Academic Cross Country honors. Woodruff was also named the 2010 Landmark Conference Female Cross Country Athlete.

Both Quinlan and Woodruff competed at the NCAA Championships in late November and posted personal-best times in their respective races.