PSU Cross Country teams receive national academic honors

PSU Cross Country teams receive national academic honors

Panthers recognized by USTFCCCA as All-Academic Teams

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University men's and women's cross country teams have been recognized for their success in the classroom and on the trails.

            Both programs were honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) by being named All-Academic Teams. This is the third straight year the women's team earned the honor, while the men are recognized for the second consecutive time.

            For a team to be considered it must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional meet and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.10 on a 4.00 scale. In total, 388 NCAA Division III teams were honored; 221 women's programs and 167 men's teams. The Panther men compiled a team GPA of 3.21, while the women posted a 3.52, both of which are the highest in program history.

            Plymouth State was one of three Little East Conference (LEC) schools to be recognized and one of two to earn the honor on both the men's and women's side. Both teams' GPAs were the highest among the LEC competition.

            Led by fourth-year head coach John Ostler, the women's team placed second at the LEC Championships with the men taking fourth. At the New England Regional Championships the men finished 20th among a field of 55 teams, while the women were 29th out of 56 teams.

            Plymouth State was also represented at the NCAA National Championships, where junior Sam Brunnette (Newport, Vt.) finished 25th to become the first PSU cross country runner to earn All-American status.

            "I'm as proud of this accolade as anything we won on the course," said Ostler. "Earning the All-Academic Team award is a goal of ours every year. I feel very lucky to be working with a program that is as accomplished athletically and academically as any version of our team before. It will be hard to reach these heights again next year, but I'm excited for our team to take on this new challenge."



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