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UWS cross country teams are honored

Superior Telegram

The University of Wisconsin-Superior men’s and women’s cross country teams were named the 2014 United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s Division III Scholar Athlete Teams of the Year.

A total of 152 men’s programs and 211 women’s programs received the award this year.

For the Yellowjacket men, 2014 marks the second straight year that they have earned the honor from the USTFCCCA. The women, meanwhile, have received the award for the eighth consecutive year. 

“I can say good things about where we are and where we are headed competitively, but to follow that up with a conversation about how smart these kids are just makes me a very proud coach right now,” UWS coach Glen Drexler said. “For the women to earn their eighth straight is quite an accomplishment. I have student-athletes on this team who don’t know any different than to be an All-Academic team and I hope we can continue this for a very long time.

“As for the men, to earn their second consecutive award as strongly as they did just makes me very proud of the direction this program is going. We’ve got a bright future here with UWS cross country and I look forward to the men running off a streak like the women have.”

To receive the award, teams must post a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.1 on a 4.0 scale and had at least five runners compete in five different meets during the 2014 season.

The Yellowjacket women posted a cumulative GPA of 3.26. The Yellowjacket men, meanwhile, had a cumulative GPA of 3.47, which not only was tops among all WIAC schools, but also landed them in the top 14 percent of all schools to receive the award.

“Our teams, both men and women continue to improve not only in their running, but in their academics. Every year I say it to the team and I mean it, but every year we have a better team than the year before and I’m excited to see where it goes,” Drexler said.