CEDAR CITY, Utah - Mar. 21 - Southern Utah cross country had three student-athletes named as Division I all-Academic honorees by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, while both the men's and women's squads were named all-Academic teams. The USTFCCCA determines team all-Academic status based on cumulative team grade point averages, taken following the Fall 2012 semester.
Nate Jewkes, Jamie Smith and Kirsten Bradford each earned the title of all-Academic Honoree with cumulative GPAs of at least 3.25. Student-athletes must also have earned USTFCCCA All-America status or finished within the top 15 of their respective NCAA region. Jewkes raced to a eighth-place finish in the men's 10k at the NCAA Mountain Region on Nov. 9, while Smith and Bradford finished 11th and 15th respectively in the women's 6k.
Southern Utah's women place among the best in the nation as a team, posting a combined GPA of 3.75. This average ranks fourth among 200 Division I women's teams to earn all-Academic status. Teams must have a combined average of 3.00 and at least five athletes competing at the regional level to earn all-Academic status.
SUU's men also rank among the best all-Academic teams in the nation with a combined GPA of 3.41, ranking 24th among 145 teams to earn the title.
Both distance squads continue to perform well in both the classroom and on the track as the outdoor track and field season continues.