Women's Cross Country team Earns All-Academic Award

Feb. 13, 2012

NEW ORLEANS - The Illinois State women's cross country team was named a U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team for 2011, as announced by the organization Monday.

The women's team was one of 205 Division I programs to earn the award given by the USTFCCA. For a team to be considered for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team award, they must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional Championships and have a minimum team cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0.

This is the fifth-straight year that the women's team won this award, and this year they did it with a cumulative team GPA of 3.46. This is just another award head cross country coach Jeff Bovee and his team can add to their 2011 campaign, as the Redbirds won the Missouri Valley Conference title this past season and had four runners earn All-Valley honors (Krista DeCeault, Aisha Praught, Elise Sigg and Kristen Zillmer). In addition to that, Praught and Sigg also earned all-region honors at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships finishing in the top 25. Praught finished13th, while Sigg took 23rd.

"This goes to show how committed the team is both athletically and academically," Bovee said. "We try to find student-athletes that want to excel both in competition and in the classroom. A team GPA of 3.46 says that our team wants a great education, but also wants to win."

Prior to winning the MVC title, the women's team won the Illinois Intercollegiate in dominating fashion, scoring just 21 points. The closest to them was second-place finisher Bradley, who scored 103 points.

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