Freshman Kaitlyn Fischer
Feb. 14, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Tigers were recognized for their work in the classroom on Friday as both the men and women earned All-Academic Team honors and freshman Kaitlyn Fischer made the list individually, released by the USTFCCCA (U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association).
This is the 49th consecutive year that the Tiger women have made the cut, while Fischer is the first individual for the women since 2011 when Bailey Belvis was recognized for her efforts.
Fischer is one of 129 women from 78 schools across the country to earn the honor for the 2013 cross country season. Criteria covers work both on the course and in the classroom as honorees must have finished in the top 15 at an NCAA Regional Championship while maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher. Fischer was sixth overall at the Midwest Regional Championship, and earned an impressive 3.95 during her first semester at Missouri.
Team requirements include starting a minimum of five runners at an NCAA Regional Championship and earning a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Both teams fell well within those criteria, as the men closed out the semester with a 3.17 cumulative GPA and the women earned a 3.61. The Tigers were among 231 programs to earn the recognition, and were one of 146 to have both men's and women's teams make the list.
All 13 women's teams in the SEC earned All-Academic honors, the most of any other conference in the country, while the men had 9 teams to tie for second.
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