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Tech Earns USTFCCCA 2017 NCAA Cross Country All-Academic Honors

Tech Earns USTFCCCA 2017 NCAA Cross Country All-Academic Honors

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) 2017 NCAA DII Cross Country All-Academic Awards were announced Friday, Feb. 9. Both the men's and women's Michigan Tech Cross Country teams earned All-Academic Honors. The men's team held the second highest grade point average in the GLIAC maintaining a 3.34 GPA and the women had the sixth highest with a 3.36 GPA.

The Black and Gold's 2017 season will go down in the books as the best finish for the women's program at the regionals. The women's team finished in 8th place and the men took 9th, the men's team's best competition finish since 2014 (8th place).

In addition to their success on the field, Emily Vigil, Emily Byrd and Robyn Holmes were awarded the 2017 NCAA DII Cross Country Individual All-Academic honors. To qualify for the Individual All-Academic awards, the athletes had to have compiled a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.25 and have finished among the top 30 percent of runners in the regional championships and/or the top half of the field at the NCAA Championships. 

Emily Vigil earned All-Region honors at the Midwest Region Cross Country Championships, placing 22nd in a field of 197 runners. She was also named Second Team All-Conference. Vigil, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering, holds a 3.84 GPA. 

Emily Byrd, a sophomore environmental engineering student-athlete, holds a 3.68 GPA. Byrd finished 26th at the Midwest Regionals and earned Second Team All-Conference this season.

Junior Robyn Holmes holds a 3.27 GPA in environmental engineering. Holmes finished in 71st place for the Huskies at the regional meet.

To view the full release for the Team All-Academic Awards click here and to read more about the Individual All-Academic Award honorees click here.