Feb. 18, 2014
The Vanderbilt men's and women's cross country teams have once again proven their commitment to the classroom.
Both Vanderbilt squads were named All-Academic Teams by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) this week, and senior Liz Anderson earned a spot among the Division I Women's Individual All-Academic Honorees for the third time in her career.
The awards continue a tradition of excellence for the Vanderbilt teams, which have earned All-Academic status during each of the eight seasons since Keith's arrival.
"It's very nice to be recognized as an all-academic team for both the men and the women," said Keith. "These kids work very hard in the classroom and take great pride in their academic as well as their athletic accomplishments. They are the epitome of what we look for in student-athletes."
The Vanderbilt men's cross country earned its spot on list with a 3.63 team GPA -- the third-highest mark among all qualifiers -- and the women gained their spot with a 3.43.
Vanderbilt was among the 217 women's teams and 160 men's teams that earned All-Academic Team honors for the 2013 season. Programs must have compiled a cumulative GPA or 3.00 or greater to qualify for the award.
Individually, Anderson, who is double-majoring in Philosophy and Communication Studies, earned her honor with a 3.48 GPA.
One of the most decorated athlete's in the program's history, Anderson helped lead the team to a 27th finish in the NCAA Championships.
She is one of 129 women -- representing 78 different schools -- on the Individual All-Academic Honorees list. The SEC had a total of 15 athletes on the women's list.
To be eligible for the individual honor, students must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater and must have finished as an All-American or among the 15 finishers (or 10 percent) in their regional meet.