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Eight Whitworth Cross Country Teams Acknowledged by USTFCCCA

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Whitworth University's cross country teams not only excelled on the race course, the Pirates excelled in the classroom and both teams and eight individual athletes have been recognized for that academic success by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Whitworth's women posted the highest cumulative team grade point average in all of NCAA Division III during the 2009 season. The Pirates' team GPA was 3.73. The academic achievement comes on the heels of the team's sixth place finish at the 2009 NCAA Division III championships as well as NCAA West Region and Northwest Conference championships.

The men's team also earned an All-Academic Team award with a cumulative GPA of 3.38 through the fall semester.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team award, a team must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional meet and must also have a minimum 3.10 team cumulative GPA.

In addition, eight individual student-athletes have been recognized as USTFCCCA All-Academic award honorees.

Jo E. Mayer (Sr., Spokane, Wash., Math Education), Dana Misterek (So., Gig Harbor, Wash., English), Joy Shufedlt (Fr., Portland, Ore., Health Science), Tonya Turner (So., Spokane, Wash., Health Science) and Kathryn Williams (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo., Spanish) were the five women honored by the USTFCCCA.

Tyler Dudley (So., Salem, Ore., Applied Physics), Nick Gallagher (Jr., Bedford, Iowa, Health Science) and Collin Stewart (Sr., Carbondale, Colo.) were the three men recognized for academic excellence.

The USTFCCCA All-Academic award honors those student-athletess who carry a minimum of 3.3 cumulative GPA and who finish in the top 35 among the field and their respective NCAA regional meet.

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