Individual Honorees / Team Awards
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Three individuals and the men’s and women’s cross country teams were named All-Academic by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the organization announced Thursday. The women’s team has been honored 11 years in a row, while the men’s accolade is their ninth straight.
In order for a student-athlete to qualify for the honor, they must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and finished in the top-25 (or 10 percent) at regionals or as an All-American at the national meet. To qualify as an All-Academic team, the team must have a cumulative GPA at the end of the most recent semester of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, including the most recent grading period, and start at least five runners at the regional meet.
Emma Benner, Jaret Carpenter and Kiara McIntosh were individual honorees. Benner and Carpenter finished seventh at the Great Lakes Regional on the women’s and men’s sides, respectively. McIntosh finished 24th. Freshmen Benner and Carpenter qualified for the NCAA Championships, the only rookie duo in the nation to qualify as individuals.
The women’s team earned All-Academic honors after compiling a 3.42 GPA, the fifth best of the 14 teams in the Big Ten. The men picked up their honor with a 3.08 GPA, the sixth highest in the conference.