Bemidji State cross country earns recognition for academic excellence
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Bemidji State cross country earns recognition for academic excellence

NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The Bemidji State University cross country team has been selected to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) 2014 Division II All-Academic Team list in an announcement from the organization’s national office.

The award marks the sixth season since 2007 the Beavers, under the direction of head coach Craig Hougen, have been honored by the organization for success in the classroom.

Bemidji State, which carried a 3.23 cumulative team grade point average last fall, was one of 11 institutions hailing from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) and 128 institutions from around the country to be honored with this year’s all-academic award.

Maryville University-St. Louis recorded the highest cumulative team GPA in the country for all divisions and genders at 3.90, while 2014 NCAA Division II team champion Grand Valley State University was selected as the USTFCCCA Scholar Team Athlete Team of the Year after posing a 3.46 GPA.

To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have compiled a score (finished at least five runners) at their respective NCAA regional championship.

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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).