NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont University cross country puts the emphasis on the student in the label student-athlete.
Both the Belmont men's and women's cross country teams earned Division I All-Academic recognition from the USTFCCCA on Friday, and sophomore Kaleb McLeod (Soperton, Ga.) was also honored individually.
In order to qualify for the honor, teams must have maintained a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. The Belmont women, who finished 14th at the NCAA South Regional meet last November, held a cumulative GPA of 3.61. The cumulative GPA of their male counterparts, who took 11th at regionals, was 3.40.
Belmont Track and Field Program Director Jeff Langdon oversees both cross country teams with the aid of Assistant Coach Kate Bucknam.
"I'm extremely proud of the guys and girls," Langdon said. "We pride ourselves in being an extension of Belmont University. They have worked really hard in both competition and in the classroom."
Belmont women's AND men's XC teams earn All-Academic honors, along with Kaleb McLeod as an individual too!— Belmont Runners (@BelmontXCTF) February 9, 2018
It's a great day to be a Bruin! #ItsBruinTime @GoBelmontBruins https://t.co/2aPXARTVWk pic.twitter.com/C1BMzC4fV8
To qualify as an individual, a runner must have placed in the top 25 (or 10 percent) at a regional meet or earned All-America status at nationals, while also maintaining a 3.25 cumulative GPA. McLeod, a business administration major, posted a GPA of 3.26 and finished 21st at the South Regional.
Overall 324 teams earned All-Academic honors with 228 of them women's programs. A total of 269 student-athletes were named All-Academic individuals with women accounting for 169 of those.