Women's Cross Country Team Tabbed Scholar Squad
Feb. 13, 2012
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The East Carolina women's cross country squad has been named a Division I All-Academic Cross Country Team, according to an announcement by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Monday. As a group, the women posted a 3.32 grade-point average.
To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the unit must have had a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better and have started at least five runners at its respective NCAA regional championship. This year, the USTFCCCA honored 205 institutions, representing 30 conferences. Alabama reported the nation's highest cumulative team GPA (3.83), followed by Chattanooga (3.81). Conference USA had 10 of its 12 women's programs receive the academic award.
Last week, ECU senior Brittany Copeland earned USTFCCCA Division I All-Academic Cross Country status. She is a two-time Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll selection and was named to the East Carolina Dean's List (3.5 GPA required) for the spring 2010 semester. In the fall of 2010 and 2011, she earned a place on ECU's Chancellor's List (4.0 GPA required).
Fellow seniors Amanda Lapp and Tara Wilson each have three C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll picks in their careers. Wilson is a three-time East Carolina Dean's List and Honor Roll (3.0 GPA required) selection while Lapp has two Dean's List and two Honor Roll semesters to her credit.
On the course, the women turned in one of the best seasons in program history in 2011. The squad cracked the USTFCCCA regional rankings for the first time, checking in 10th in the Southeast Region on Sept. 28 and ninth on Oct. 3. At the league championship Oct. 31, the team placed an ECU-best fourth out of 12. The women's previous high performance at the C-USA meet was a fifth-place showing in 2001. Copeland, Wilson and junior Brooke Kott earned All-C-USA honors, giving the Pirates a trio of all-league selections for the first time.
At the NCAA Southeast Regional, East Carolina turned in another program best, finishing 11th out of 35. The previous high placement for the women was a 13th-place showing in 2001. The Pirates also made a 10-spot jump from a year ago as five of the team's seven participants set career-best times.