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Men's and Women's Cross Country Honor Earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Status

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HANOVER, N.H. - The Dartmouth men's and women's cross country teams have both earned US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division I All-Academic status.

To qualify, 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.

The men's team was honored after posting a 3.36 GPA during the fall and was one of 147 programs from across the nation to be recognized for their work in the classroom as well as on the course.

On the women's side, Dartmouth was one of 205 teams to earn the academic achievement as it posted a GPA of 3.48.

Sophomores Abbey D'Agostino (Topsfield, Mass.) and John Bleday were recognized last week for their individual academic honors by the USTFCCCA, but were just part of the team awards announced this week by the USTFCCCA.

"It's nice that the distance runners work as hard in the classroom as they do on the courses," women's head coach Mark Coogan said. "I think that says something about the type of character each and every person on those teams have. They value their education here at Dartmouth as much as they do their athletic endeavors."