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Knights Named USTFCCCA All-Academic Team

February 16, 2012 at 10:54 am

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NEW ORLEANS – The Carleton College women’s cross country team posted a 3.57 cumulative grade-point average for the 2011 fall term and is one of 187 programs across the country recognized as an All-Academic team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

This is the 19th consecutive season at that Knights have earned the team academic award.

Of the 32 teams that participated at the 2011 NCAA Championships, 31 of those earned All-Academic status. Carleton tied for eighth at nationals and tied for 23rd-highest GPA in the nation, but only three other programs ranked higher than the Knights in both team finish at the NCAA meet and team GPA.

To be eligible for the USTFCCCA All-Academic award, squads needed to post at least a 3.10-cumulative GPA.

The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) and New England Small College Athletic Conference each had 10 institutions make the list to lead all leagues in Division III. The other MIAC schools were: Augsburg, Concordia, Gustavus, Macalester, Saint Benedict, St. Catherine, Saint Mary’s, St. Olaf, and St. Thomas. Carleton and St. Olaf were the only MIAC schools to qualify for the national championships.

A week ago, Rachael Klehm (Jr./Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) and seniors Taylor ffitch (Portland, Ore./St. Mary's Academy), Alison Smyth (Billings, Mont./Billings West), and Simone Childs-Walker (Sr./Seattle, Wash./Lakeside) represented Carleton as USTFCCCA All-Academic individual honorees.

National Rank
1996  -- 3.30  -- T-66th
1997  -- 3.64  -- 10th
***  -- ***  -- ***
2005  -- 3.57  -- T-13th
2006  -- won award  -- GPA not ranked
2007  -- 3.47  -- T-41st
2008  -- 3.63  -- T-11th
2009  -- 3.49  -- T-46th
2010  -- 3.59  -- 15th
2011  -- 3.57  -- 23rd
*** USTFCCCA list unavailable for 1998-2004