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Women's Cross Country Earns Two All-Academic Honors
Posted: Thursday, February 26, 2009
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Two UW-Eau Claire women's cross country athletes were honored today by being named to the NCAA Division III All-Academic Team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Hannah Humbach (Jr.-Madison, Wis./Abundant Life Christian) was selected to the team for the second consecutive season, while Jenna Smith (So.-Robbinsdale, MN/Cooper) was recognized for the first time.
The award honors those student-athletes who have succeeded both academically and athletically. To be eligible for the award a student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average and must finish in the top 25 percent of the field at their respective NCAA regional meet.
Humbach, a biology/microbiology major carrying a 3.97 GPA, competed in six events this season. She had her best time at the WIAC Championships, finishing in eighth place with a time of 22:27. She also competed at the NCAA Division III Championship, where the Blugolds finished fifth, and earned a 145th place finish.
Smith, a marketing major with a 3.64 GPA, competed in six events during the season, with her best finish coming at the WIAC Championships. Her time of 22:39 was good enough for 15th, helping the Blugolds to their second consecutive WIAC title. She also finished 147th at nationals and was selected as the team's most improved runner this season.
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