March 2, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue junior standout Caden Shields was named to the Division I Cross Country All-Academic team on Monday by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), becoming the first Boilermaker male in school history to earn the honor.
One of just 58 honorees from 35 schools around the country, Shields was the first member of the Purdue men's cross country team to qualify for the NCAA Championships since 1987, and ran a career-best time of 31:13.8 for 10K at the national meet. In order to be eligible for the USTFCCCA All-Academic award, athletes must carry a minimum 3.25 grade point average and must finish among the top 15 finishers of their respective NCAA Regional Championship meet. Shields finished 10th at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships on Nov. 14 at Indiana University and received an at-large bid to the national championships.
Northern Arizona's David McNeill was named the Division I Male Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year for being the highest finisher at the NCAA Championship meet and qualifying for the award. Shields was one of just five honorees from the Big Ten Conference, joining a pair of runners from Indiana and two individuals from Ohio State.