March 9, 2010

Butler Cross Country Teams Earn Academic Recognition

The Butler men’s and women’s cross country teams matched their success in competition with performance in the classroom and both squads have been recognized as 2009 All-Academic Teams by the U. S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Butler’s men, coming off a 12th consecutive Horizon League championship, compiled a 3.31 team grade point average, while Butler’s women, also coming off a league championship, recorded a 3.39 team GPA.  For a team to be considered for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team, it must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional Championship and also have a minimum 3.00 team cumulative GPA.

Two members of the Butler men’s team also were among 58 athletes given 2009 USTFCCCA All-Academic status.  Senior Andy Baker and junior Madison Roeder were honored by the coaches’ association for their success both academically and athletically.   Baker, a two-time All-American and three-time Horizon League champ, is a business major, while Roeder, a first team All-Horizon League performer, is an education major.

To earn All-Academic status, student-athletes much carry a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average and have finished among the top 15 individuals (or top 10 percent) at their respective NCAA regional meet.