The Oglethorpe men's cross country team was named an All-Academic Team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Thursday, marking the first time the program has earned the honor since the 2012 season.
The squad put up a cumulative GPA of 3.35 over the course of the fall semester, making them eligible for the prestigious honor. All teams finishing with a minimum cumulative team GPA of 3.1 during the fall semester while posting a team score in an NCAA regional meet were eligible for All-Academic status, and the Stormy Petrels were one of 173 Division III men's teams to earn the award. The Stormy Petrels finished 17th out of 29 teams at the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional in Mount Berry on Nov. 12.
"I am very proud of this young team and their hard work, both on the cross country course and in the classroom," said Oglethorpe head coach Kirk Shellhouse. "They have set a great example for what we expect from our athletes here at Oglethorpe. There are great things to come from this group, both with academics and their running!"
The 2016 men's cross country team finished sixth at the SAA Cross Country Championships while coming in second at the Piedmont Invitational, and third at both the UNG Invitational and the Berry Watermelon Run. The team featured a bevy of freshmen, as the 7-man team at the regional meet consisted of all first-year performers. Nick Evans, one of those freshman performers, earned the individual title at the Piedmont Invitational on Oct. 8.