The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's and women's cross country programs received All-Academic Team honors from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association this week.
The men's team posted a 3.52 cumulative grade-point-average, tying for ninth in the nation among all NCAA Division I programs that ran at the NCAA Regionals. The Lady Mocs own a 3.53 g.p.a, tying for 28th in the nation among the teams that competed in the regionals in the fall.
For a team to be considered for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team award, they must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional Championship and also have a minimum 3.00 team cumulative g.p.a.
The Mocs track & field and cross country teams are no strangers to academic success under head coach Bill Gautier. They have earned the All-Academic Team honors numerous during Gautier's 19-year career. Both teams achieved their highest national ranking for g.p.a. among cross country teams in school history.
More examples of the Moc runners' academic success include senior David Moore, who was this year's recipient of the Dale Maye Award given annually to the senior Moc with the highest overall g.p.a. Also, the women's track & field team posted a 3.550 g.p.a. last season, the highest mark in the nation.
Chattanooga has also been impressive in cross country competition. The Lady Mocs have won three of the last four Southern Conference titles while junior Emmanuel Kirwa is a two time SoCon Champion and two-time SoCon Male Runner of the Year.