Feb. 25, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
The men’s and women’s cross country teams were named 2012 Division I All-Academic teams by the USTFCCCA on Monday. Matthew McClintock picked up an honor of his own as he was named 2012 Division I All-Academic as an individual.
The Purdue women are among 11 Big Ten schools that earned All-Academic status. The Boilermakers finished the semester with a 3.41 GPA, the fourth-highest in the Big Ten. The conference had the second-most schools on the list, tied with Conference USA, while the Big East led the way with 12 schools earning All-Academic honors. A total of 200 women’s teams in division one picked up the award.
This is the seventh-straight year the women earned the honor.
The men’s team is one of eight schools from the B1G to be named an All-Academic team. The guys finished with a semester GPA of 3.06, the sixth-best in the conference. Joining the Boilermakers from the Big Ten were Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State, and Wisconsin. The Big Ten tied with the Big East for most schools earning the prestigious academic award. There were 145 teams total that were name Division I All-Academic by the USTFCCCA.
The men earned the award for the fifth-straight year.
To qualify for the award, a team must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better. The school must then also start at least five harriers at its respective NCAA Regional Championship.
McClintock was one of 67 individuals in the country to be named All-Academic. He joins seven other men from the Big Ten on the list. The Big Ten tied for the most individuals honored with the Big East. Both conferences had eight individuals honored. McClintock is just the third Purdue male to ever earn the honor. Stephen Schulz, who is still on the team, was the last Boilermaker to be name All-Academic. He did so in 2011. The only other Purdue man to qualify for the All-Academic team was Caden Shields in 2009.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic cross country team, individuals must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25. Those individuals also must have either earned USTFCCCA All-America status or finished in the top 15 in their respective region. McClintock finished eighth overall at the Great Lakes Regional in the fall.
The academic award is the latest honor for McClintock who has had an outstanding freshman season. In the fall, he was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year after finishing eighth at the conference meet with the third-fastest conference championship time in school history. He was also named Second Team All-Big Ten for his efforts. McClintock ran the sixth-fastest time in Purdue history for harriers at the NCAA Championships. He also ran the 10th-fastest Purdue time ever at a Regional Championship.
Over the weekend at the Big Ten Track and Field Championships, McClintock ran the second-fastest 3,000-meter race in Purdue history. The next day, he ran the third-fastest 5,000-meter run in Boilermaker lore.
McClintock and the rest of the cross country runners will continue their training with the track and field program through the end of the indoor season and the duration of the outdoor schedule.