Bemidji State cross country honored for academic excellence

Bemidji State cross country honored for academic excellence
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Bemidji State cross country honored 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) 2015 Division II All-Academic Team list in an announcement from the organization’s national office.

The award marks the seventh time since 2007 the Beavers have earned the recognition and the first time under first-year head coach Kevin Kean.

Bemidji State, which carried a 3.21 cumulative team grade point average last fall, was one of 14 institutions hailing from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and 137 NCAA Division II women’s programs 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 3.799, while 2015 NCAA Division II team champion Adams State University was selected as the USTFCCCA Scholar Team Athlete Team of the Year after posing a 3.17 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).