March 8, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - Both the men's and women's cross country teams have been named United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Teams, the organization announced. For a team to be considered for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team award, they must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional Championship and also have a minimum 3.00 team cumulative GPA.
The men's team posted a combined 3.29 cumulative grade-point-average, while the women's squad recorded a 3.34. The men's cumulative GPA was the highest in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, while the women's average was the second-highest.
A lot of credit goes to both teams for how hard they work not just at practice but in the classroom," said cross country head coach Rick Woods. "Our academic advising staff also does a great job of keeping the student-athletes at Loyola focused on their studies. We are very proud of this accomplishment - one they have achieved for at least the past four years."
The men's cross country team finished sixth in the MAAC, while the women finished fourth at the conference championships. Senior Dan McDevitt placed fourth overall at the MAAC Championships (25:49.3), the best-ever place finish by a Loyola harrier at the conference championships.