Feb. 9, 2017
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The national runner-up University of Michigan women's cross country team garnered U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I All-Academic team honors for the sixth consecutive season, with senior Erin Finn and freshman Madeline Trevisan 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 sixth straight year, combining for a team GPA of 3.37.
Oregon, which the Wolverines nearly overtook for the 2016 national title, was selected as the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Women's Scholar Team of the Year.
Finn -- the national runner-up, Big Ten champion and Great Lakes Region champion -- was joined by her fellow national honoree Trevisan among 18 U-M women who secured Academic All-Big Ten recognition for the fall season. Finn led U-M to the Big Ten Cross Country title, extending U-M's streak of top-three Big Ten finishes to seven consecutive seasons, as well as the Great Lakes Regional title.
Finn's runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships was the second-best finish in program history, making her just the fourth woman in school history with three All-America honors. She also became the first Wolverine to capture three individual Big Ten titles.
Trevisan just missed All-America honors with a 46th-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
Prior to its dramatic one-point loss to Oregon for the national title -- the team's third top-six finish in the past four seasons -- U-M claimed its 11th-ever NCAA Great Lakes Regional and its 10th Big Ten Conference title.
The Maize and Blue now owns fourteen top-10 national finishes, thirteen of which have come under 2016 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year Mike McGuire. That award was the 10th such honor in his career.
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.
The Wolverine three Wolverines were joined by 157 other female student-athletes from institutions across the country. National Champion Karissa Schweizer of Missouri was named the USTFCCCA Division I Cross Country Women's Scholar Athlete of the Year.
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