As announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Thursday (Feb. 14) afternoon, two Ashland University cross country athletes and both Eagle teams have earned 2018 USTFCCCA All-Academic recognition.
Both sophomore Tyler Sievert and freshman Abby Moser earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors as individuals. Sievert has a 3.97 cumulative grade-point average as an Exercise Science major, while Moser sports a 3.40 cumulative GPA as a Dietetics major.
The USTFCCCA's criteria for All-Academic laurels states: "The student-athlete must have completed at least 12 semester/quarter hours through the semester of competition at the institution to be eligible. The student-athlete must have at least a 3.25 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale through the end of the semester/quarter of competition. Data must be certifiable by the institution's registrar. The student-athlete must have placed in the top 30 percent of the total number of athletes eligible to compete at the respective regional championships (total Division II teams in the region multiplied by seven (7) runners per team), rounding up if necessary, or in the top 50 percent of the field at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships."
Ashland's men's and women's cross country teams each landed spots on the USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams list. The Eagle men had a 3.15 team GPA, and the Eagle women a 3.10 team GPA, in the fall 2018 semester.
USTFCCCA All-Academic Team criteria is: "Team cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, computed by the following method: Total the cumulative number of semester hours or quarter hours earned for all student-athletes who used a season of eligibility, including the most recent grading period; Total the cumulative number of quality points earned by all student-athletes including the most recent grading period; Divide the cumulative number of quality points earned by the cumulative number of semester or quarter hours earned. All eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA Eligibility Form and used a year of eligibility must be included. The team must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Division II Regional Cross Country meet."