Feb. 13, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's cross country team earned All-Academic honors for the sixth consecutive year, the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced in its annual release on Monday.
To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, a team must have had a cumulative team grade point average of 3.00 or better and have started at least five runners at their respective NCAA regional championship. The Boilermakers finished with a 3.46 cumulative GPA.
A total of 205 schools from 30 different conferences earned the distinguished honor. Among those, the Boilermakers' GPA was in the top third of that list. The team with the highest cumulative GPA was Alabama with a 3.83.
The Big East Conference led all conferences with 14 teams earning All-Academic status. The Big Ten tied for the conference with the second most schools qualifying with 11. Purdue joined Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, and Wisconsin as the Big Ten schools that qualified. The Boilermakers had the second highest GPA of the conference schools behind only Nebraska which had a cumulative 3.58. The Pac-12 also had 11 qualifiers.
Five Boilermakers ran in the regional race hosted by the University of Toledo back in November. Kelly McCurdy had the best time for Purdue with a 21:43.3 in the 6K race and Stephanie Bonk ran a 21:59.4. Dana Payonk, Kara Conflenti, and Blair Doney also ran and finished with times less than 22:35.0.
The USTFCCCA will release the men's All-Academic team on Tuesday. The Boilermaker distance group continues its training with the track and field squad and will compete in the indoor home finale on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Lambert Fieldhouse.