Posted: Jan 30, 2020
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Freshman Julia O'Grady and the entire Belles cross country team were recognized for their academic achievement in the fall semester by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
O'Grady was one of 378 NCAA Division III women's cross country runners to be named All-Academic individuals by the USTFCCCA for the 2019 season. A student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.30 on a 4.0 scale and finish within the top 25 percent of their NCAA Regional championship meet in order to qualify for the distinction. She is the first Saint Mary's cross country runner since Brittany Beeler '17 to earn the individual academic honor.
Collectively, the team was one of 212 women's cross country teams who received All-Academic honors at the NCAA Division III level from the USTFCCCA for the Fall 2019 semester. A program must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.1 on a 4.0 scale and have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional meet in order to qualify. The team posted a 3.32 GPA last semester and placed 17th at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in November to garner the academic accolade.
For complete listings of all NCAA and NAIA cross country student-athletes and teams honored by the USTFCCCA for the 2019 season, read the entire release online here.