NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College men's and women's cross country teams were once again recognized for the academic prowess they have become accustomed to, as both teams along with six individuals earned All-Academic recognition from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for the 2015 season.
From the men, junior Phil Harris (Plymouth, Mass.) garnered All-Academic honors for the second consecutive year, while sophomore Keith Steinbrecher (Wading River, N.Y.) takes him his first award of such kind. The women boast four All-Academic individuals senior captain Kerry Phelan (Peabody, Mass.), junior Claire Aalerud (Winchester, Mass.), and sophomores Katie Irwin (Hopkinton, N.H.) and Kylie Reardon (Billerica, Mass.).
The men's team GPA during the 2015 semester averaged out to 3.00 flat, while the women would edge them with a team GPA of 3.30, earning All-Academic Team honors for both squads.
The individual All-Academic honor was awarded to those athletes who have compiled a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 and finished among the top 30 percent of eligible runners at his or her regional championships and/or the top half of the field at the NCAA Championships. In total, 384 women and 266 men from the 2015 NCAA Division II Cross Country season were named All-Academic Individuals. The 384 women came from 137 different programs, while the 266 main hailed from 115 different teams around the nation.
To earn All-Academic Team distinction, programs must have compiled a cumulative GPA or 3.00 or greater and scored at an NCAA Division II regional meet to qualify for the award. For 2015, 137 women's teams and 104 men's teams earned All-Academic honors from the USTFCCCA. Of those totals, 149 unique programs were recognized, including 93 schools that had both their women's and men's squads recognized.