Both Georgia Cross Country Teams Named USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams
Senior J.P. Hackney was honored as the top male student-athlete at UGA going into the fall 2011 semester.


Senior J.P. Hackney was honored as the top male student-athlete at UGA going into the fall 2011 semester.
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Feb. 15, 2012

ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia men and women's cross country teams have each been named a U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I All-Academic Cross Country Team for the sixth year in a row.

Georgia is one of seven schools from the Southeastern Conference who qualified both of its men and women's teams for this honor in 2011.

"The All-Academic Team has become the norm here," said Bulldog distance coach Jeff Pigg. "Our kids take pride in doing well in the classroom.  They all work hard.  After all, they know that what happens in school will impact them the rest of their lives."    

The Bulldog men posted a team GPA of 3.22 while advancing to their first NCAA Championships since 2004.  After finishing third at the NCAA South Regionals, Georgia managed a 29th-place finish at the national meet, which put the Bulldogs as the top SEC team. 

Senior Matt Cleaver led Georgia during five of their meets, including his 142nd-place finish at the NCAA Championships, and the Bulldogs completed the Regional meet with all five scorers in the top 27.

The Georgia women had a combined GPA of 3.21 after taking fifth at the NCAA South Regionals.  Leslie Boozer led the way at Regionals with a 24th-place finish to earn All-Region honors as senior Hadley Ferguson and freshman Anna Bowles also broke into the top 50.

To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have started at least five runners at their respective NCAA regional championship.

The Bulldogs track and field teams return to action at the SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships in Lexington, Ky., on Feb. 24-26.

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