The Men's Cross Country team was honors as the All-Academic Team of the Year
Haverford Men’s Cross Country Team Named 2007 USTFCCCA All-Academic Team of the Year
HAVERFORD, Pa. – The Haverford College Men’s Cross Country team has been named the NCAA Division III U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team of the Year. The award was announed on Tuesday.
For a team to be considered for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team award, they must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional Meet. The team must also have a minimum 3.10 team cumulative grade point average. The Fords had a 3.51 team GPA.
"We are very proud of this honor", said head coach Tom Donnelly. "This award is a testament to the great kids we have at Haverford who value both academics and athletics."
Also, five members of the team were named to the 2007 USTFCCCA All-Academic Team.
The individual award honors those student-athletes who have succeeded both academically and athletically. To be eligible for the award a student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average and must finish in the top 25 percent of the field at their respective NCAA regional meet. A total of 150 male student-athletes received the honor in 2007, up from 114 in 2006.
From the NCAA Championships runner-up, five of the Fords top seven runners had GPA’s of 3.5 or better. The only other Division III school to have that number was Nebraska-Wesleyan.
The Fords honored are freshman Anders Hulleberg, sophomores Andrew Lanham and Ben Frisbee, junior Mark Burgmann and senior Ian Ramsey-North.
This past season, Hulleberg finished third at the Centennial Conference championships. The third place finish tied him for the highest finish by a Haverford freshman since 1978 and earned him first-team all-conference honors. At the NCAA Midwest Region Championship, he rounded out the Haverford scorers by coming in 29th and earning all-region honors.
Lanham finished fourth at the conference championships and earned his second first-team all-conference honor. He then placed sixth at regionals for all-region honors.
Frisbee earned second team all-conference honors with his 11th place finish at the conference championships. He then placed 28th at regionals for all-region honors.
Burgmann came in 20th at regionals, less then a minute behind the winner, for all-region honors.
Ramsey-North was also named to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area men’s team. He finished second at the conference championships to earn his third first-team all-conference honor. At regionals, Ramsey-North placed third overall for all-region honors. He earned All-America honors by finishing 16th at nationals.
The cross country team won its 15th consecutive Centennial Conference championship this past fall. In addition, the team won its fifth consecutive and 18th overall regional championship under the direction of Donnelly.