Women's Cross Country Honored for Work in the Classroom
Friday, February 02, 2007

FORT MYERS, Fla., - The Florida Gulf Coast University women's cross country team was honored as an All-Academic team for the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The Eagles add this team honor after a 10th place finish in the NCAA South Regional, the highest in program history. FGCU was one of 92 teams to post a team Grade Point Average over 3.0 in Division II. FGCU recorded a team GPA of 3.230. This marks the second consecutive year that the team has received this honor.

"This is one of our team goals year in and year out, to be recognized on the academic front," stated head coach Chris Highfield. "Within our program we stress the importance of academics, making it above all, our first priority. I am extremely proud of both our men's and women's teams for receiving this prestigious national award."

The Eagles will begin competing in the Atlantic Sun conference as a Division I member next year. The team loses only one runner to graduation this year and returns seven runners next year.