NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Lees-McRae College men's cross country team and a pair of its student-athletes were recognized by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) Friday for academic success. As a team, the Bobcats boasted a 3.16 team GPA last fall to earn All-Academic honors from the organization. Individually, both Austin Thompson and Nolan Capps earned All-Academic honors as well.
Teams must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and must have scored at an NCAA Division II regional meet to qualify for All-Academic team awards. Overall, there were 176 teams – 157 women's teams and 119 men's teams – that picked up All-Academic honors.
The individual All-Academic honor was awarded to those athletes who have compiled a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 and finished among the top 30 percent of eligible runners at his or her regional championships and/or the top half of the field at the NCAA Championships.