2018 NAIA Cross Country Team Academic Awards
NEW ORLEANS – Can you name the teams that excelled the most both in the classroom and on the cross country course during the 2018 NAIA Cross Country season?
If you picked the national champions, then you’re in good shape.
The men of Oklahoma City and the women of Oregon Tech were named the NAIA Cross Country Scholar Team of the Year on Thursday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
A total of 68 teams earned All-Academic honors by posting a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Of those 68 teams, 39 were women’s and 29 were men’s.
Oklahoma City took home the men’s team title at the NAIA Championships by scoring 116 points, 27 fewer than runner-up Indiana Wesleyan. The Stars were led by Max McNeill and Oscar KipKoros, who both finished in the top-10 at ninth and 10th, respectively.
Oregon Tech came out on top of a three-team race for the women’s title. The Owls scored 125 points, seven fewer than runner-up Madonna (Mich.) and nine fewer than third-place Taylor (Ind.). Susie Garza and Cindy Reed proved to be the difference makers up front as they finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
The women from Columbia College in Missouri had the best GPA out of any team, tipping the scale at a perfect 4.0. Concordia (Neb.)‘s men had the best GPA out of their gender at 3.64.
See below for a full list of teams honored by the USTFCCCA.