INDIANAPOLIS — The Sacramento State men's and women's cross country teams and women's indoor and outdoor track & field squads earned public recognition as part of the 2013 NCAA Div. I Academic Performance Program, it was announced today.
Each year, the NCAA honors selected Div. I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Div. I Academic Progress Rate (APR). Teams earned the honor by placing among the top 10 percent of all teams in their respective sport. The same four Sacramento State teams earned the award last season and this marks the third consecutive season that the women's indoor track & field team has been recognized.
"Coach Raske has developed a championship culture in the track and field and cross country programs that has her squads succeeding in competition and in the classroom," Sacramento State Director of Athletics Terry Wanless said. "The track and field and cross country student-athletes and coaches, along with their support staff in the Student-Athlete Resource Center, deserve the accolades for their efforts."
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.
The APR recognition caps another successful season for the Hornet track & field program. The women won the Big Sky Conference indoor and outdoor championships while the men finished second outdoor and third indoor. Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Kathleen Raske was named the Big Sky Women's Coach of the Year during the indoor and outdoor seasons. Individually, 24 student-athletes competed at the NCAA West Preliminary and senior Jesse Elvrom advanced to the NCAA Championships in the javelin.