NEW ORLEANS - The Loyola University Maryland men's and women's cross country teams both earned United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team honors during the 2014 season, as announced by the organization earlier this week.
To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, a squad must have had a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 or better and have started at least five runners at their respective NCAA regional championship.
The women's team was one of eight Patriot League squads to earn the distinction, finishing the season with a 3.40 cumulative GPA. National champion Michigan State was named the USTFCCCA Scholar Team of the Year.
Loyola's men's team finished the season with a 3.01 GPA and was one of five Patriot League teams to earn the honor. Stanford, the runner-up at the national championship in Terre Haute, Indiana, earned USTFCCCA Men's Scholar Team of the Year.
Overall, 226 women's teams and 179 men's teams earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honors, while Loyola was one of five Patriot League schools to have both its men's and women's teams honored, joining Bucknell, Boston University, Colgate and Lehigh.