Feb. 13, 2012
STORRS, Conn.-The University of Connecticut 2011 women’s cross country squad was tabbed as an USTFCCCA 2011 Division I Cross Country All-Academic Team on Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. In addition to the Huskies earning the honor as a team, sophomore Lauren Sara earned 2011 Division I All-Academic Cross Country status.
“The ladies on our cross country team basically run the entire year and with three championship seasons need to be disciplined and consistent in balancing academic and athletic demands. They are probably the most tested student-athletes in any sport,” stated Head Coach Bill Morgan. “Honored with the NCAA All–Academic award is a great tribute to their efforts. The team and Lauren Sara are applauded for such performances.”
As a team, the Huskies had great success as UConn was nationally ranked, No. 28, for the first time in program history and finished 7th at Regionals. 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.
"I'm so proud of everything Lauren Sara has accomplished here at UCONN and at the top of the list is being named to the All-Academic Team. The fact that she is only a sophomore makes it even more impressive, and is a testament to her work ethic, both as an athlete and in the classroom. She's a tremendous role model for her teammates and sets the bar high for all of those around her."
Cross Country Head Coach Andrea Grove-McDonough
Sara concluded her sophomore cross country campaign as the constant leader in the pack as she qualified for the NCAA Championships as an individual where she finished 53rd in the nation.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have either earned USTFCCCA All-America status or finished in the NCAA region’s top 15 (or top 10 percent) in 2011.