Feb. 25, 2013
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The University of Michigan women's cross country team earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I All-Academic Team honors, while seniors Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven), Lindsey Hilton (Rochester Hills, Mich./Adams) and Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) as well as sophomore Brook Handler (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) received individual All-Academic recognition, the association announced Monday (Feb. 25).
Smith, Addison, Hilton and Handler were Michigan's top four finishers at the 2012 NCAA Great Lakes Regional, leading the Wolverines to their second straight regional title. All four honorees finished in the top 25 at the regional meet to earn a spot on the All-Great Lakes Region team.
All four harriers also finished in the top 30 at the Big Ten Championships to lead Michigan to the program's ninth conference crown.
To qualify for the All-Academic award, 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 2012.
Michigan was one of 200 Division I cross country teams to earn All-Academic status, recording a cumulative team GPA of 3.36 through the fall 2012 semester. Oregon, the 2012 NCAA cross country champion, was named the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Women's Scholar Team of the Year.
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.
Smith took third at regionals after placing 11th at the Big Ten Championships to earn a spot on the All-Big Ten second team. She is majoring in environment in the College of Literature, Sciences and the Arts.
Addison, a movement science major in the School of Kinesiology, recorded a third-place finish at the Big Ten Championships to receive her second consecutive first team All-Big Ten honor, and she placed seventh at the regional meet.
Hilton finished ninth at the Great Lakes Regional, running arguably the best race of her collegiate career. She also placed 24th at the conference championships. Hilton is dual major in German and informatics in the College of Literature, Sciences and the Arts.
After finishing 29th at the Big Ten Championships, Handler returned to be Michigan's fifth scorer at the regional meet, placing 13th. She is enrolled in the College of Engineering, majoring in chemical engineering.
The four Wolverines are joined by 111 other female student-athletes from 68 institutions who received the honor. Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino was named the USTFCCCA Division I Cross Country Women's Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423