PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 24, 2011) – The Rutgers men’s and women’s track and field teams were recognized by the NCAA for its academic success with the release of the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores Tuesday.
The men’s cross country program received public recognition from the NCAA for top academic performance for their multiyear Academic Progress Rate scores (1,000) for the fourth-consecutive year. On the women’s side, the Scarlet Knights recorded a perfect 1,000 score for the 2009-10 academic year.
“I think it’s terrific and great for the university,” said head men’s cross country/track & field coach Mike Mulqueen. “It shows the commitment Rutgers has for its student-athletes academically and the commitment the kids have to be the best they can be both competitively and in the classroom. The academic support staff is amazing and they work really hard for the student-athletes and the kids see that, which makes them want to work even harder.”
“Academics are the main priority and focus while our student-athletes are here,” said head women’s cross country/track & field coach James Robinson. “We try to encourage them to be the best they can in the classroom and hopefully that success translates athletically as well. The academic support staff and our administration work so hard to make sure that the kids are given every opportunity to succeed. Myself and the coaching staff could not be more proud of our student-athletes’ efforts.”
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention, and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.
Rutgers men’s cross country received All-Academic honors by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for the fourth-straight year, while the women’s team earned similar accolades the past two seasons.