Feb. 16, 2011
The Rice women's cross country team was recognized by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as one of its schools to achieving All-Academic status for the 2010 seaosn. A total of 192 institutions represent 30 conferences that compose the group. The Big East led all conferences with 12 members earning All-Academic honors and was followed by the Big 12 and Big Ten who each placed 11 on the list.
The Owls, with a grade point average of 3.60, ranked first among fellow Conference USA institutions and number two in the state of Texas. The University of Texas was first in the state at 3.65.
Alabama reported the highest cumulative GPA among All-Academic honorees with a 3.88. Arkansas State and Missouri State were next in the category at 3.70.
Nine of the top ten finishing teams at the 2010 NCAA Cross Country Championships earned All-Academic status. Of the 31 teams that participated in the national final, 25 of those earned All-Academic status.
To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have started at least five regional at their respective NCAA regional championship.
Furthermore, Owl runner Britany Williams was named as one of the USTFCCCA's All-Academic Honorees. Williams, from San Antonio, boasts a 3.739 grade point average with a double-major in sport management and psychology.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have either earned USTFCCCA All-America status or finished in the NCAA region's top 15 (or top 10 percent) in 2010.