Men's Cross Country Posts Nation's Top GPA; Berry Named All-Academic

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's cross country team posted the nation's top cumulative team GPA last fall and was named an All-Academic Team by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Senior Chris Berry (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), a Master's Candidate, carries a 4.0 cumulative GPA and qualified for the NCAA National Championships last fall. He was named to the men's All-Academic team.

Berry was named All-Academic by the USTFCCCA last week. A total of 58 student-athletes represent the 36 institutions that compose the group. Oklahoma and Georgetown were the leading squads with four named to the All-Academic list. UNCG, BYU, and Oklahoma State followed with three apiece.

Junior Mark Cole (McKenzie, Tenn.) was one of four Mocs to post a perfect 4.0 GPA in the fall and has a 3.8452 in Biochemistry. Sophomore Lucas Cotter (Collierville, Tenn.), an Accounting major, was earned all-conference honors last fall and has a 3.8354 GPA. Junior Nathan Wanuch (Mississauga, Ontario), a Health and Exercise Science major, carries a 3.66 in the classroom.

Big East Conference institutions claimed the most All-Academic nods among leagues with ten. The Big 12 followed with eight. The Southern Conference, led by the Spartans, had five named All-Academic.

Twelve of the top 25 finishers at the NCAA Cross Country Championships earned All-Academic mentions.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have either earned USTFCCCA All-America status or finished in the NCAA region's top 15 (or top 10 percent) in 2011.

A total of 147 teams were named All-Academic Teams led by the Mocs who recorded a cumulative team GPA of 3.81, nearly a full point better than Creighton who posted the second-best GPA of 3.72. Southeast Missouri State was third with a team GPA of 3.62 followed by Memphis (3.59) and Auburn (3.58).

The Big East Conference had the most squads on the list with 11 and the Big 12, Big 10 and the Ivy Group followed with eight each. The Southern Conference, along with the SEC, ACC, Metro Atlantic and Missouri Valley Conferences each had seven teams make the list.

Seven of the top ten finishing teams at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships earned All-Academic status. Of the 31 teams that participated in the national meet, 20 of those earned All-Academic status.

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

Wisconsin, coached by Mick Byrne, has a cumulative team GPA of 3.08 through the 2011 fall semester and was named the Cross Country Men's Scholar Team of the Year.

The Badgers won their fifth NCAA men's cross country title of all-time this fall, scoring 97 points to finish ahead of runner-up and two-time defending champion Oklahoma State (139).

USTFCCCA All-Americans Ryan Collins, Reed Connor, and Elliot Krause were honored last week as All-Academic individuals for the 2011 season.

Wisconsin also won the NCAA Great Lakes title for the tenth-straight year this season. Wisconsin won with 50 points, placing their five scorers in an 8-9-10-11-12 bunch to nearest challenger Indiana's 70. Wisconsin also won their 13th-straight Big Ten title this fall.

SoCon Institution GPA
Chattanooga 3.81
UNCG 3.5
Davidson College 3.33
College of Charleston 3.28
Western Carolina 3.15
Appalachian State 3.05
Elon University 3.04


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