LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams were both recognized by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for their performances both on and off the course during the 2017 season.
Both of USU's teams were honored as the men's squad (3.22) and the women's team (3.57) each eclipsed the 3.0 GPA threshold set by the USTFCCCA. Overall, there were 423 teams that earned all-academic honors, 228 of which were women's programs and 195 of them were men's.
"I am very proud of both teams," interim head cross country coach Artie Gulden said. "This is a great illustration that we have a bunch of men and women that are excellent students and excellent athletes. Kashley, Tylee, and Alyssa receiving the honor individually is fantastic. There probably aren't too many teams in the country with three girls being recognized as all-academic."
UC Davis's women's team (3.85) and men's team (3.8) earned the top GPA among honorees, while the Portland men's team and the New Mexico women's team earned Division I Scholar Teams of the Year honors for being the highest-finishing teams at the National Championships that also recorded at least a 3.0 team GPA.
Individually, Utah State's women's team had three athletes recognized by the USTFCCCA. Senior Tylee Skinner and juniors Kashley Carter and Alyssa Snyder earned USTFCCCA all-academic accolades by maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and finishing in the top-25 (or 10 percent) at regionals or earn All-American honors at the national meet. It is Carter's second USTFCCCA all-academic honor.
Snyder finished 25th at the national meet to earn All-American honors, while both Carter and Skinner earned all-region honors by finishing 11th and 19th, respectively, at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships held in Logan during the fall.
On the women's side, Utah State's team was one of just 22 squads to have at least three individuals earn all-academic honors. Boise State and New Mexico joined Utah State on that list as far as teams from the Mountain West.
Overall, Stanford's Grant Fisher and New Mexico's Ednah Kurgat were named the men's and women's Division I Scholar Athletes of the Year, respectively, by the USTFCCCA by being the top-finishing runners at the national meet who also earned all-academic honors.
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