NEW ORLEANS – The Elms College men’s and women’s cross country teams are among the top performing academically in all of NCAA Division III. Both Blazer squads earned a spot on the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) DIII Cross Country All-Academic list and rank in the top 10 nationally in team GPA.
The Elms men posted the second-highest team GPA in all of Division III, checking in with a 3.74, just shy of the 3.75 turned in by California Institute of Technology.
On the women’s side, Elms had a team GPA of 3.73, tied for the eighth-highest among Division III cross country programs.
To be eligible for the USTFCCCA All-Academic recognition, a team’s roster must post a combined cumulative GPA of at least 3.1 following the fall term and meet the NCAA criteria for cross country sponsorship. Both the Elms men’s and women’s cross country teams are coached by Matt Dyer.
The Elms men and women represent half of the four honorees from the New England Collegiate Conference. There were 167 Division III men’s teams and 222 Division III women’s teams recognized in total.