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WC women earn third straight All-Academic Team honor

Quakers among nation's elite

February 15, 2012

The Wilmington College women's cross country team has again been named an All-Academic Team.

The Wilmington College women's cross country team has again been named an All-Academic Team.

NEW ORLEANS — For the third consecutive year, the Wilmington College women’s cross country team has earned All-Academic Team honors from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

“We sit down and the start of each year and talk about team goals, and one of the things we always put on there is that we want to receive this team academic award,” Wilmington head coach Ron Combs said. “We have made it three straight years, and we are very proud of that accomplishment.”

For a team to be considered for the USTFCCCA All-Academic award, they must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional meet. The team also must have a minimum 3.10 cumulative team grade point average.

The Quakers turned in one of the best seasons in program history with a third-place finish at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship and 13th-place finish at the Great Lakes Regional. In the classroom, the team maintained a 3.25 GPA.

“I think they understand the process. They are intelligent kids, and they know that it takes hard work and intelligent work to succeed. They have combined the two and are really doing a great job. We have most of our team back next year. Hopefully, this year was just the first step in the progress. I think that they will be able to do even bigger and better things.”