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Cross country earns academic accolades

March 6, 2009

Colorado State was one of eight Mountain West Conference women's teams honored as 2008 All-Academic Teams by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Team starting raceFor a team to be considered for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team award, it must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional Meet. The team must also have a minimum 3.00 team cumulative grade point average.

The Rams posted a a combined grade point average of 3.419 and finished seventh in the regional meet. Other Mountain West Conference teams awarded All-Academic team status included Utah (3.656), BYU (3.410), Wyoming (3.367), New Mexico (3.320) and TCU (3.310). 

This is the second consecutive year that the women's team has received this honor for its exceptional work in the classroom. 

Sophomore Ellie Rastall earns individual honor

Ellie RastallIndividually, Colorado State sophomore Ellie Rastall, was named to the 2008 NCAA Division I USTFCCCA Women's All-Academic Cross Country Team, along with BYU junior Angela Wagner, New Mexico senior Michelle Corrigan, Utah junior Alyssa Abbott, and Wyoming junior Emily Higgens. A total of 77 female student-athletes representing 52 Division I institutions were named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic teams.

Rastall, a freshman, represented CSU at the 2008 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships and finished fifth among the nine Mountain West Conference runners in attendance.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average through the 2008 fall term. Additionally, the student-athlete must finish in the top-15 runners or top-ten percent of finishers at their respective NCAA regional meet, or receive All-American honors.


Contact: John Manuszak