February 25, 2013

Butler Women’s Cross Country Earns Academic Honors

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Junior All-American Katie Clark earned 2012 Division I All-Academic Cross Country status, and the Butler women's cross country squad was named a 2012 Division I Cross Country All-Academic Team by the U. S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.  The USTFCCCA announced its academic honors on Monday, Feb. 25.

The Butler women's team ranked 19th in the nation and first in the Atlantic 10 Conference with a 3.612 cumulative grade point average.  Butler was one of only three programs in the country to compete in the NCAA Division I Championship and rank in the "Top 50" in the nation in team grade point average.  Weber State, ranked No. 7, and national champ Oregon, ranked No. 10, were the other two.

"To be counted among a small handful of elite programs both in the classroom and in competition is a rare feat," stated Butler head coach Matt Roe.  "It is a testament to the type of women who represent our program and our institution.  This truly is a proud moment to be a Bulldog."

Clark earned individual recognition as an honor student majoring in criminology/psychology.  She finished runner-up in the Great Lakes Region and then placed 22nd at the NCAA Division I Championship to earn All-America honors.  Clark was the individual champ at the A-10 Women's Cross Country Championship.

Butler won the team title at the 2012 Atlantic 10 Conference Women's Cross Country Championship in its first season in the conference.
 
To qualify for the USTFCCCA honors, teams 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.  Individuals needed to compile a 3.25 grade point average and earned either USTFCCCA All-America status or finished in the NCAA Region's top 15 (or top 10 percent) in 2012.