March 7, 2013
Columbia, Mo. - The Tigers' Cross Country teams were honored last week by the USTFCCCA (U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association) for their work off the course, as both men and women were named to the All-Academic Teams list. Senior Max Storms also came away with an individual recognition, making him the third Tiger in the past four years to earn a spot on the individual All-American Honorees list.
Storms is one of 67 student-athletes from 40 institutions to be recognized for his accomplishments on the course and in the classroom. Criteria for earning this All-Academic honor include a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, and either an USTFCCCA All-American status or a finish in the top 10% of the NCAA Regional Championship. Storms, who is studying Civil Engineering at MU, finished 18th in the field of 190 at the Midwest Regional in the fall. He went on to compete at the NCAA Championship where he had the highest finish for a Tiger since 1972, crossing the line in 56th overall.
This is the 48th consecutive year that the Tiger women have earned a spot on the All-Academic list as a team, and they continue to maintain their status as the only program in the nation to have earned the award every season since the USTFCCCA began to recognize All-Academic teams. They join the group of 200 institutions who have earned a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and had at least five runners start at their respective NCAA Regional Championship. The men's team is one of 145 institutions that have fallen within the same criteria. The Mizzou women ended the season with a team cumulative GPA of 3.51, while the men earned a GPA of 3.033.
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