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 2011 Division II All-Academic status by the USTFCCA.
Dye, a sophomore from Delton, Mich., has a 3.89 grade-point average, majoring in English/secondary education. She was also named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic Excellence. Dye finished fourth at the U.P. Opener, sixth at the U.P. Championship, 10th at the Northland Invite and 41st at the NCAA Regional.
Halonen, a freshman from Delano, Minn., has a 4.0 GPA and is majoring is nursing. She was all-region after finishing 21st at the NCAA Midwest Regional. Halonen led the team in four of the seven races in her first year.
The Wildcats have a team GPA of 3.58, the eighth highest in the nation, and finished 11th at the NCAA Midwest Regional.
To receive the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team award, a team must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional Championship and also have a minimum 3.00 team cumulative grade-point average.
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
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