The Mississippi Valley State men's cross country team received another honor today as it was awarded as the team with the highest team cumulative grade point average in the nation.
In a release submitted by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the Delta Devils had a 3.62 GPA - a mark that rated highest in the country. The team also earned 2010 Division I All-Academic Cross Country status. To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have started at least five regional at their respective NCAA regional championship.
"What the cross country team has done - both in the fields of athletics and academics - is a testament to what we are striving for in MVSU athletics," said interim athletics director Donald Sims. "Those young men work hard in the classroom and on the cross country path - both in training and performance. They should be commended for their efforts in and out of the classroom."
"We thank the USTFCCCA for this honor," said head coach Charles Ruth. "We strived to excel both running and in the classroom, and this award shows that we have found that success this season. Now we must attempt to duplicate that success next season."
This year marked a banner year for the program as they won the 2010 SWAC Cross Country Championship and Ruth was named SWAC Coach of the Year.