NEW ORLEANS -- Covenant women's cross country runner Ruthie Cargill and both the men's and women's cross country programs were honored recently by the USTFCCCA (U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association) for their academic exploits.
Cargill was named to the All-Academic team, which requires that honorees have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or greater and finish among the top 25 percent of finishers at their respective regional championships.
Cargill, a senior from Lancaster, Pa., had a tremendous end to her collegiate cross country career in 2015. The senior Elementary Education major had three top-five finishes and earned All-USA South first team honors after finishing third in the conference meet. She set a personal record in the 6k with a time of 24:12.6, the fourth-fastest 6k in program history, at the Berry Invitational on Oct. 17 and claimed her first individual title at the Maryville Invitational on Oct. 3. Cargill placed 47th at the NCAA Regional meet in November.
For a third straight year, both programs were honored as All-Academic Teams by the USTFCCCA. Programs must have compiled a cumulative GPA or 3.10 or greater and competed in at least five different meets with at least five runners representing their school at each in order to qualify.
The men's team had a combined GPA of 3.50, while the women boasted a GPA of 3.38. The men's GPA was 25th best among 151 Division III men's programs that qualified.
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