NEW ORLEANS – The Presbyterian College cross country teams earned All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for the fifth time under head coach Thad Palmer on Friday.

“I’ve always been proud of how hard my teams work in the classroom as well as on the course,” said Palmer.

“Awards like this help applaud their dedication and commitment to being the best student-athletes they can be.”

Overall, there were 423 teams that received All-Academic honors this year. PC ranked well within the 228 women’s teams and 195 men’s teams recognized by the USTFCCCA.

The Blue Hose were first among comparable men’s teams in the state and the Big South: PC (3.5), Wofford (3.42), Coastal Carolina (3.41), High Point (3.19), Winthrop (3.15), UNCA (3.12), Furman (3.09) and Radford (3.0). The women’s team was fifth among six conference teams honored: Radford (3.6), Winthrop (3.55), High Point (3.53), Gardner-Webb (3.48), PC (3.27) and UNCA (3.15).

New Mexico and Portland were named the NCAA Division I Scholar Teams of the year by being the top finishing team from their gender with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The Lady Lobos captured the women’s team title, while the Pilots placed runner-up to Northern Arizona (who didn’t qualify for this award).

The full list of awarded teams and the press release by the USTFCCCA can be found here.