NEW ORLEANS (March 17, 2016) – Six members of the Colorado State University-Pueblo cross country teams were honored as U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic team members. Additionally, both the men's and women's programs were recognized for the academic team awards.
There were 384 all-academic women, while there was a field of 266 men's honorees.
The individual all-academic honor was awarded to those athletes who have compiled a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 and finished among the top 30 percent of eligible runners at his or her regional championships and/or the top half of the field at the NCAA Championships.
The ThunderWolves were among 137 women's programs and 104 men's programs that earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honors.
Adams State University women and Colorado School of Mines men earned the honor of 2015 NCAA Division II Cross Country Scholar Teams of the Year by the USTFCCCA, as the highest-finishing teams at the NCAA Championships to have garnered All-Academic Team honors.
Teams must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and must have scored at an NCAA Division II regional meet to qualify for All-Academic awards.
Derrick Williams (So., Columbia Falls, Mont.) guided the men with a 3.99 GPA in biology. He was the RMAC Academic Runner of the Year and earned a spot at the NCAA Division II Championships, as he crossed the finish line in 30:06.9 to place 14th in the 10K race to earn All-American honors.
Marcelo Laguera (Fr., Chihuahua, Mexico) earned a spot on the list with a 3.67 GPA (undeclared), while Ben Vaughan (So., Great Falls, Mont.) was named to the team with a 3.51 GPA in EXHPR (general exercise science) and biology.
The CSU-Pueblo men's cross country program posted a 3.49 GPA to earn the team recognition.
Bailey Hughes (Jr., Bigfork, Mont.) guided the women with a 3.92 GPA in liberal studies. She qualified for the NCAA Championships, as did fellow academic team member Miriam Roberts (Boulder, Colo.), who owns a 3.42 GPA in EXHPR (general exercise science). Junior Jordan Mathes (Boise, Idaho) was also honored, as she holds a 3.93 GPA in nursing.
As a program, the women earned a spot on the USTFCCCA Scholar Teams list with a 3.78 GPA.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.