March 1, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- For the fourth-consecutive season, Wisconsin has earned the All-Academic Team award presented by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association, which the USTFCCCA handed out this week.
Wisconsin finished the season with a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.07 and was one of 145 institutions chosen by the USTFCCCA to receive 2012 Division I All-Academic status.
In order to qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic team honors, a team must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better and have started at least five runners at its respective NCAA regional championship.
Of the 30 conferences represented, the Big Ten had the second-most teams with eight. The Big East topped the list with nine.
Individually, UW senior Reed Connor was recognized as an All-Academic honoree for the third-consecutive season for maintaining a 3.25 GPA or better and placing in the top 15 in regional competition. Connor also is a three-time USTFCCCA All-Academic award winner in track and field.
Connor finished sixth overall at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional and was 12th at the 2012 NCAA Championship in a personal-best time of 29 minutes, 31 seconds.
The senior also earned All-America and first team All-Big Ten honors for the second-consecutive season after helping Wisconsin earn a runner-up finish to national champion Oklahoma State.
Connor has also earned two Academic All-Big Ten honors each in cross country and track and field.