New Orleans, La.----- For the first time since 1999, San Jose State University's women's cross country team was honored by the U.S. Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for outstanding team academic performance.
The Spartans were one of 226 NCAA Division I programs earning a USTFCCCA 2014 Division I Cross Country All-Academic Award for a team grade-point average of 3.00 or better and competing in NCAA regional or national championship competition. San Jose State was one of seven Mountain West schools and one of four California State University system NCAA Division I institutions honored for its academic performance during the 2014 cross country season.
"We are very proud of our women's cross country team's success in the classroom. It is a testament to all the hard work they put forth in their studies," says Jeff Petersmeyer, head coach of the Spartans track and field and cross country programs. San Jose State was credited with a 3.17 team grade-point average.
Based on the USTFCCCA's records, this year's national academic team award is the third for the Spartans' women's cross country program. San Jose State first received this award in 1995 - the program's second season of NCAA Division I competition.