NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Northern Michigan University women’s cross country team has been selected by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as an All-Academic Team. Mandy Dye and Larissa Halonen also earned 2012 Division II All-Academic status by the USTFCCA.
Dye, a junior from Delton, Mich., has a 3.83 grade-point average, majoring in English/secondary education. She was named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic Excellence. Dye led the Wildcats in four of the seven races on the season. She finished 19th at the GLIAC Championship and 50th at the regional.
Halonen, a sophomore from Delano, Minn., holds a 4.0 GPA, majoring in nursing. She was also named GLIAC All-Academic Excellence and raced in six events in 2012. Halonen finished second at the U.P. Championship, 31st at the GLIAC Championship and 54th at the regional.
The Wildcats have a team GPA of 3.49, the 32nd highest in the nation, and finished eighth at the NCAA Midwest Regional.127 teams were selected as an All-Academic Team in 2012.
To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have compiled a team score at their respective NCAA regional championship.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team in Division II, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or greater through the most-recent semester, completed at least 12 credit hours in the semester of cross country competition, and placed in the top 50 percent at the most recent NCAA National Championships or in the top 30 percent at the NCAA Regional Championships. 345 student-athletes were selected in 2012.
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