March 24, 2009
The Eastern Washington University men's cross country team has earned All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) with a 3.330 grade point average.
"We are thrilled to once again be honored by the coaches association in this way," said head cross country coach Chris Zeller. "The student-athletes on our team really put an emphasis on their school work and encourage each other to do well, so it's great to see their hard work and discipline rewarded like this. It sets the bar high for future teams to try and achieve, which is a great thing."
For a team to be considered for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, 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. Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., had the highest men's team GPA of 3.755.
Other Big Sky schools were Idaho State (3.230), Montana State (3.430), Northern Arizona (3.300) and Weber State (3.450).
Eastern had a best-ever third place finish at the 2008 Big Sky Conference Championships. The team was led by Limpf and Smyth, who finished fourth and sixth, respectively, to earn All-Big Sky honors.