POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Five Marist teams earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for their 2010-11 Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores. The women's basketball, women's cross country, women's indoor and outdoor track and volleyball teams were all awarded for being in the top 10 percent of their respective sports with their APRs in the 2010-11 academic year. A total of 954 teams across NCAA Division I sports received recognition awards.

The five teams ties for the third-most from Marist in a single year, matching the 2006-07 academic year. Six teams were acknowledged in 2005-06 and 10 teams received recognition in 2004-05, the first year the NCAA gave out Public Recognition Awards for APR scores. Five also tied Marist for the second-highest total amongst MAAC schools.

It is the first recognition for both the women's basketball and volleyball programs. Six student-athletes from the women's basketball team were named to the MAAC All-Academic team and the volleyball team had five selected, led by senior Allie Burke who was also named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team. The women's cross country, indoor track and outdoor track have each been recognized for their academic achievement for the past seven consecutive seasons. Cross country, which also earned 2010 NCAA Division I All-Academic Cross Country status as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA),  had a league-high 17 MAAC All-Academic selections in 2010. The indoor and outdoor track teams also led the conference with 23 student-athletes being named to the MAAC All-Academic team, led by Brittany Burns who was named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-American Second Team.

Background on APR Public Recognition Announcement

Each year the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR). This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport. This year's release will again include recognition in the sport of football by subdivision (i.e., Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision).

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.