March 5, 2009
The Butler men's and women's cross country teams have received All-Academic Team recognition from the U. S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Both Butler squads ranked among the top 50 cross country teams in the NCAA Division I in team grade point average.
The Butler men ranked 21st in the nation with a team grade point average of 3.363. A record total of 110 Division I men's programs received the USTFCCCA's All-Academic Team honors this year. There are 315 Division I institutions that sponsor men's cross country.
Butler's women ranked 42nd in the nation with a 3.486 team grade point average. The Bulldogs were one of a record 160 Division I women's teams to be honored as an All-Academic Team. There are 394 Division I women's cross country programs.
In addition to the team awards, Butler's Andy Baker was named to the 2008 NCAA Division I USTFCCCA Men's All-Academic Team for the second straight year. He was one of 40 Division I athletes, representing 34 different schools, named on the national honor squad. Baker, a business major, won a second consecutive Horizon League individual championship last fall. The Butler All-American was named the Horizon League's Male Cross Country Athlete of the Year for a second straight year.
To be named an All-Academic Team by the USTFCCCA, a team must have scored points at an NCAA Regional Meet and must have a minimum team grade point average of 3.0.