MARQUETTE, Mich. - With a team cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.51, the Northern Michigan University women's cross country team has been named to the 2019 NCAA Division II Women's Cross Country All-Academic Team as announced by the USTFCCCA, Thursday. Teams with a cumulative gpa of 3.0 or greater and scored at an NCAA Division II regional meet in the fall are eligible for the award.
The team took 11th at the 2019 Midwest Regional meet with 286 points and ahead of seven fellow conference squads.
Four individuals also earned individual recognition, being named 2019 NCAA Division II Women's Cross Country All-Academic Athletes for their accomplishments in both the classroom and on the course. A freshman biology major, Madison Malon was named All-Academic as well as her classmate Paige Saiz, a public relation major. Two seniors also earned the honor in Katelyn Smith (Speech, Language and Hearing Science) and Hanna Torvi (Nursin).
Smith led the Wildcats, being named to the All-Region team following her 19th-place finish at the NCAA regional meet. Torvi came just shy of her personal-best time at the meet while Malon (46th) and Saiz (73rd) also scored among the top-75 finishers at the race.
To qualify for the individual award, student-athletes are require to have a cumulative gpa of 3.25 or higher and must have finished among the top-30 percent at their respective regional meet and/or the top half of the NCAA Championship field.