Cross Country Spotlight:
Thursday, February 23, 2006
By Bob Heller
PHILADELPHIA, PA- The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia men’s and women’s cross country teams have been selected by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as All-Academic Teams for the 2005 season.
To qualify for this honor a team must have a cumulative team grade point average through the semester of competition of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Athletes must have competed in at least 50% of their teams’ cross country competitions and appear on the NCAA eligibility form. The coach must also be a member of the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
The eligible members of the USP women’s cross country team recorded a team cumulative GPA of 3.21 for the Fall 2005 semester while the men’s cross country members recorded a team cumulative GPA of 3.20.
The women’s team was one of two Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) teams selected and one of 85 teams nationally to earn this honor. The USP men’s cross country team is the sole CACC representative amongst the 60 schools nationally selected.
The 2005 season was one of the best in the history of the women’s program. The Devils won their first ever Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship, upending defending champion Georgian Court in the closest race in conference history. The USP women’s harriers also recorded top three finishes in four of their six regular season meets and captured the Belmont Classic title. The Devils ended their season with a 16th place finish at the NCAA East Regionals at Lock Haven University in November, the best performance ever by a CACC school at an NCAA regional.
The men’s program recorded top 10 finishes in all six of their regular season meets. The Devils placed sixth at the CACC Championships and also competed at the NCAA East Regionals at Lock Haven University in November, finishing in 24th place.