March 10, 2009
From A USTFCCCA Press Release
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men's and women's cross country teams earned 2008 United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team honors, marking the first ever honor for the Boilermaker men and the third straight for the Purdue women. The honor is based on a team competing and compiling a team score at an NCAA Regional Meet and earning a minimum 3.00 team cumulative grade point average.
The Purdue men were one of 110 Division I programs to secure the honor this season, marking an increase from 98 programs in 2007, and upping the national success to thirty-five percent of all Division I institutions (315). The Boilermakers were one of six teams in the conference to earn national honors as the Big Ten matched the Big 12 Conference, Missouri Valley Conference, and the Southeastern Conference for the most conference members represented on the list.
The Boilermaker women continued to be a part of cross country's growing success on the national level as one of a record total of 162 Division I women's programs receiving the honor this season. The total is up from 158 in 2007, and makes up more than forty-five percent of country's women's cross country programs. All 11 members of the Big Ten Conference earned team accolades, matching the Big East Conference for the nation's best.
Iona College was honored as the Men's NCAA Division I USTFCCCA Men's Cross Country Scholar Team of the Year for the third straight season, while the University of Washington earned 2008 NCAA Division I USTFCCCA Women's Cross Country Scholar Team of the Year on the back of its national championship.