Feb. 9, 2017
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The University of Michigan men's cross country team garnered U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I All-Academic team honors for the third time in as many years under head coach Kevin Sullivan, while juniors Aaron Baumgarten and Billy Bund were also recognized with individual All-Academic recognition, the association announced on Thursday (Feb. 9).
To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have had a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.00 or better and have started at least five runners at its respective NCAA regional championship. The Wolverines met that standard for the fifth time in the last six seasons, combining for a team GPA of 3.17.
Northern Arizona, the 2016 national champion, was selected as the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Men's Scholar Team of the Year.
Baumgarten, an aerospace engineering major, capped his junior season with a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships after a sixth-place effort at the Big Ten Meet. Bund, a student in the College of Literature, Sciences and the Arts, came through the chute right behind Baumgarten at the Regional in 11th place.
To qualify for the All-Academic award, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 or better and have either earned USTFCCCA All-America status or finished in the NCAA region's top 25 (or top 10 percent) in 2016.
Baumgarten and Bund were joined by 95 other male student-athletes from institutions across the country. Stanford's Grant Fisher, who placed fifth at the national meet, was named the USTFCCCA Division I Cross Country Men's Scholar Athlete of the Year.
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