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 fourth time under head coach Thad Palmer on Thursday. More notably, the men’s team was once again ranked in the top-5 in the nation.
“My teams continue to raise the bar both athletically and academically,” said Palmer. “It is a gift to work with such talented student-athletes everyday, and I’m happy to see their dedication and hard work rewarded.”
The men’s team fell just .06 behind Bowling Green University (3.71) who claimed the best GPA out of 189 NCAA Division I men’s teams. Murray State (3.70) and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (3.68) were also ahead of PC who tied with Kent State (3.65) for fourth.
Just two seasons ago, the 2014 men’s team fell a mere .03 off the top spot and was ranked third in the nation.
The Big South had two other men’s teams honored: High Point (3.25) and Winthrop (3.25); as well as five women’s teams: High Point (3.51), Winthrop (3.42), Radford (3.41) and PC (3.27).
Within the boundaries of South Carolina, four additional men’s teams were honored: USC Upstate (3.5), Clemson (3.35), Furman (3.15) and the College of Charleston (3.04); and five women’s teams: South Carolina (3.70), Clemson (3.48), Furman (3.34), the College of Charleston (3.26) and USC Upstate (3.11).
Overall, 242 women’s teams and 189 men’s teams earned All-Academic honors from the USTFCCCA for 2016.
The full list of awarded teams and the press release by the USTFCCCA can be found here.