LAS CRUCES, N.M.-The New Mexico State University men's and women's cross country teams received national recognition when both teams were named to the USTFCCCA 2011 Division I Cross Country All-Academic Team list.
The men's squad earned a team GPA of 3.33, which was the second highest of any team in the Western Athletic Conference. The women's team earned a 3.30 GPA, which was second among all schools in the WAC.
In addition, junior Courtney Schultz was also named as a USTFCCCA 2011 Division I Cross Country All-Academic Honoree.
A total of 205 institutions represent 30 conferences that compose the group. To lead all conferences, 14 teams from the Big East Conference earned All-Academic nods. The Pac-12 followed with 11.
Alabama reported the nation's highest cumulative team GPA (3.83), followed by Southern Miss (3.80).
Nine of the top ten finishing teams at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships earned All-Academic status. Of the 31 teams that participated in the national final, 26 of those earned All-Academic status.
To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have started at least five runners at their respective NCAA regional championship.