Cross Country Teams Named USTFCCCA All-Academic

Feb. 23, 2011

USTFCCCA Men's Release | USTFCCCA Women's Release

MILWAUKEE - Both the Marquette University men's and women's cross country teams earned 2010 NCAA Division I All-Academic Cross Country status, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced last week.

"I am extremely proud of our athlete's accomplishments in the classroom," Marquette head cross country coach Mike Nelson said. "It doesn't surprise me that our team GPAs are so high with the type of work ethic displayed by these student-athletes because it has become an expectation to earn high grades on this team. Our veterans show a tremendous amount of leadership to the younger athletes. Our leaders on the cross country course have set the bar very high with their academic accomplishments. They work so hard in every aspect of their lives - they are the true definition of the phrase student-athlete."

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

The men's team boasted a 3.47 cumulative team GPA, which ranked second among the 10 BIG EAST squads named USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Teams. The women's squad recorded a 3.51 cumulative team GPA, the third highest among the 12 BIG EAST schools receiving honors.

The men's team was led by fifth-year senior Brice Cleland, a triple major in exercise science, psychology and theology who earned the 2009-10 BIG EAST Conference Scholar-Athlete Excellence Sport Award for men's cross country. Senior Peter Bolgert also was honored over the past year by being named a 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Second Team Academic All-American for his accomplishments during the 2009-10 school year.



Senior Olivia Johnson, the top women's cross country runner for much of the season, led the squad with a perfect 4.0 grade point average as an accounting major.


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