Bears Earn All-Academic Status for Second-Straight Year
MACON, Ga. – The Mercer women's and men's cross country teams each earned US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division I All-Academic Status for the second consecutive year as announced by the organization recently.
The women's team was one of 205 institutions in D-I Cross Country to earn All-Academic Status, while the men's team was one of 147 teams nationwide to achieve the honor. In addition, the Bears were one of just four Atlantic Sun Conference teams to have both the men's and women's programs qualify for All-Academic Status.
"The current cumulative GPA for both cross country teams combined is 3.48," head coach Ryan Bailey said. "That's a great accomplishment and I'm very gratified that my athletes take their scholarship so seriously."
This is the second year in a row that both teams have received this honor and Coach Bailey is committed to reaching high marks both on the field and in the classroom.
"I must say it's my expectation that all my athletes maintain a high level of scholarship" Bailey said. "I want my runners to have the best chance for success in their future endeavors and the path to that success is to get the best education possible."
"Mercer University offers these young people a chance for a superb education and I feel responsible to push my athletes toward both academic and athletic excellence," Bailey said.
The women's team will get the spring schedule underway first on February 25 at the Savannah St. Eye Opener 3K Steeplechase event in Savannah, Ga. The race begins promptly at 11:30 a.m.
The men have a March 23 date set for the Georgia Relays 10,000 meter race in Athens.