WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University cross country program picked up a pair of individual academic honors as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its annual list of all-academic teams and individual student-athletes on Thursday. Following another successful season on the track, two student-athletes were named to the all-academic team while the women's team was named all-academic.
In order to qualify for the individual honor, athletes must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and finish among the top 25 (or 10 percent) at regionals or as an All-American at the national meet. In total, there were 265 athletes named USTFCCCA All-Academic with a 168 honors going to the women and 97 to the men.
Graduate student Michael Clevenger (Decatur, Ill./Douglas MacArthur/Notre Dame) earned the individual accolade along with Michael Lederhouse. It's the fifth overall academic honor from the USTFCCCA for Lederhouse and the second in cross country, previously garnering the recognition after the 2015 season.
On the men's side, GU, along with Providence and Villanova, lead the BIG EAST Conference with two individual accolades apiece while Butler tallies the seventh and final recognition for the league.
To be named an all-academic team, an institution needed a cumulative team GPA of at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Overall, there were 431 teams that earned distinction from the USTFCCCA for their efforts both athletically and academically. Of those 431 teams, 242 were women's and 189 were men's.
The Georgetown women earned the team academic honor for the seventh-consecutive season, going back to 2010.
The Hoyas are in the midst of the indoor track & field season and will have a slew of competitors sprinkled across the country this weekend. A group will compete at the Fastrack National Invitational on Friday at the OceanBreeze Track Facility in Staten Island, N.Y., while another contingent will travel to Ames, Iowa, for the Iowa State Classic on Friday and Saturday and finally a small group will participate at the BU Valentine Invitational, hosted by Boston University, on Saturday.