STILLWATER, Okla. Â Both the Oklahoma State men’s and women’s cross country teams were recognized as 2007 NCAA Division I All-Academic Teams by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, it was announced today.
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 Meet. The team must also have a minimum 3.00 team cumulative grade point average. The Cowboys won the NCAA Midwest Regional title en route to a third-place finish at the NCAA Championship and posted a 3.26 team grade point average. The Cowgirls took fifth at the NCAA Midwest Regional meet and compiled a 3.31 team grade point average to easily meet the criteria.
On the men’s side, the Cowboys finished with the second-highest team GPA among Big 12 schools to go with the top finish at regionals. As for the women, the Big 12 and the Atlantic Coast Conference had the most programs on the All-Academic Team list with ten apiece.
Cowboys Ryan Vail and David Jankowski were both named to the USTFCCCA’s All-Academic Team as well. That award honors those student-athletes who have succeeded both academically and athletically. To be eligible for the award a student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average and have completed a minimum 24 semester hours through the 2007 fall term. Additionally, the student-athlete must finish in the top 15 or top ten percent at their respective NCAA regional meet, or receive All-American honors. Vail was an All-American and Jankowski finished ninth at the regional meet.