HAMDEN, Conn. The Quinnipiac University men's cross country team was awarded a 2009 All-Academic Team award by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The Bobcats are one of just 111 Division I schools to be honored with the team academic accolade this year as they earned a cumulative grade-point average of 3.18. This marks the eighth time the program has received the honor in the past nine seasons. Quinnipiac has won four of the last five Northeast Conference Championships, including three consecutive, while also being named one of the top academic teams in the nation in each of those four seasons.
"We're one of the few teams that were recognized for academics that also won their conference title," said Head Coach Shawn Green. "I think that's a tremendous accomplishment to be part of such a select group of teams.
This season, the Bobcats won their fourth-straight NEC title as freshman Rich Klauber (Thomaston, Conn.) was named the Top Performer of the Year after placing first at the conference championship meet. Sophomore John Greenlaw (Hampstead, N.H.) posted the highest GPA on the team at 3.73. Freshmen Andrew Sullivan (Ellington, Conn.) and Dan Roark (Dracut, Mass.) posted grade-point averages of 3.45 and 3.43, respectively.
"This is an extremely motivated young group of student-athletes," Green said. "I know that they will look to continue the tradition of academic excellence for years to come."
The Quinnipiac outdoor track season starts Saturday, Mar. 28, as they travel to West Long Branch, N.J., to compete in the Monmouth University Opener.