INDIANAPOLIS — The Sacramento State men's cross country team earned public recognition as part of the 2014 NCAA Div. I Academic Performance Program, it was announced today.
This year's honor marks the third-straight year the men's cross country team has received this honor and the fourth time men's cross country has been recognized for academic excellence since the public recognition program's inception nearly a decade ago.
Each year, the NCAA honors selected Division I teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Div. I Academic Progress Rate (APR). Teams earned the honor by placing among the nation's top 10 percent in their respective sport.
Over the last nine years, Sacramento State teams have received national APR recognition 14 times, the second highest total among Big Sky Conference institutions and tied for the most honors among all NCAA Div. I institutions in the California State University system.
"It's always rewarding when you have a Sacramento State team recognized nationally for their academic success and, in this case, for the third year a row," Sacramento State Director of Athletics Terry Wanless said. "We're very proud when our teams perform as well in the classroom as they do on the field.
"Such recognition, which is shared by the student-athletes, coaches and academic support staff in the Student-Athlete Resource Center, reiterates the mission of the University is being fulfilled."
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.