Feb. 20, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association announced their cross country team academic awards and both the Tulane men's and women's squads were honored for their work in the classroom. The USTFCCCA honors teams that competed at their respective NCAA Regional championships and maintained a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or higher.
"I would like to congratulate the members of our men's and women's cross country teams on this impressive achievement," said Tulane head cross country coach Eric Peterson. "For me it is a pleasure to work with these student-athletes on a daily basis. They are all very committed to achieving excellence both in the classroom and as competitive distance runners. It is nice to see them publically recognized for achieving such impressive team grade point averages."
This marks just the second time since 1995 that the women's program has been honored with the team award, with the 1995 squad receiving the distinction. It is the first time that the men's cross country squad has earned the academic award from the USTFCCCA.
The women's squad was one of 205 teams to earn the honor in 2011. The 14-member roster boasted a 3.59 GPA after the fall semester and was one of 22 teams with GPA of 3.59 or better. Aimee Arceneaux (3.971, Psychology) and Amanda Savage (3.955, Political Science) lead the way for the team, while Katherine Crabtree (3.762, Public Health) and Johanna Gretschel (3.697, History) are the upperclassman leaders in the classroom. Of the 14 members of the squad, nine of them carry GPAs of better than 3.50, while 13 of them are above the 3.00 line.
Every member of the 2011 men's cross country roster carries a cumulative GPA of better than 3.00, which helped the Green Wave become one of 147 teams nationally to earn the team academic accolades from the USTFCCCA. Overall, the Olive and Blue owned a 3.34 cumulative GPA, with Mike Mainguy (3.892, Neuroscience) earning Academic All-Conference USA honors for the second time in his cross country career. Michael Villasin (3.820, Epidemiology) and Mark Manion (3.456, Environmental Science) are close behind on the academic list.