Feb. 16, 2012
• USTFCCCA All-Academic Awards
MADISON, Wis. -- After winning its first NCAA championship since 2005, the Wisconsin men's cross country team earned another title this season by being named Men's Cross Country Scholar Team of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association (USTFCCCA) this week.
Finishing the season with a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.08, Wisconsin has now earned the All Academic team honor in each of the last three seasons. This is UW's first Scholar Team of the Year award.
Scholar teams of the year are determined from among those that earned All-Academic status and placed highest as a team at the most recent NCAA championship.
UW was one of 147 institutions chosen by the USTFCCCA to receive 2011 Division I All-Academic status.
This is the third time a Mick Byrne coached team has earned the title of Scholar Team of the Year. Before becoming coach at Wisconsin, Byrne's teams at Iona also earned the title in 2006 and 2007.
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.
Individually, Badgers Ryan Collins, Reed Connor and Elliot Krause each were honored as All-Academic honorees for maintaining a 3.25 GPA or better and placing in the top-15 at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional.
The trio also earned All-America honors after fueling Wisconsin to the national title over runner-up and two-time defending champion Oklahoma State.
Having also been named to the list in the 2010 season, Krause is now a two-time All-Academic honoree in cross country. Krause is also a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, earning the honor in both the 2010 and 2011 seasons. In addition, Krause has earned two Academic All-Big Ten selections and two USTFCCCA All-Academic honors in track and field.
Connor is also no stranger to USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, picking up his second honor after also being named an honoree in 2010. The junior has also earned two All-Academic honors and an Academic All-Big Ten selection in track and field.