February 28, 2008

Butler Cross Country Teams Earn Academic Team Honors

Feb. 28, 2008

The Butler men's and women's cross country teams both have been named Academic All-American teams by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Both Butler teams ranked among the top 60 cross country squads in the NCAA Division I in team grade point average.

The Butler men's team ranked #6 in the nation with a team with a 3.42 team grade point average. Butler's women were ranked #54 with a 3.45 team mark. Of the 299 schools that sponsor men's cross country, 99 were awarded Academic All-American team recognition. On the women's side, 158 of 325 programs were recognized with the honor.

In addition to the team honors, Butler junior All-American Andy Baker and senior national-qualifier Genni Gardner received individual recognition. Baker was one of 56 male cross country runners named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team, while Gardner was one of 91 female runners honored on the All-Academic Team.

To be named an Academic All-American team by the USTFCCCA, a team must have scored points at an NCAA regional meet and must have a minimum team grade point average of 3.0. Butler was one of three schools in the Horizon League to have an Academic All-American cross country team and the only school in the league to have both the men's and women's teams honored.

Butler won the men's and women's team titles at the 2007 Horizon League Cross Country Championnship. It was the 10th consecutive men's championship for the Bulldogs and the sixth straight crown for Butler's women.