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Men’s Cross Country Recognized For Academic Excellence
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PISCATAWAY, N.J.  (July 24, 2014) –  The Rutgers men’s cross country program continued to be recognized for its academic excellence by earning the Team Academic Excellence Award for having the highest collective grade-point averages in their sports in the American Athletic Conference last season.

The winners were chosen based on the 2013-14 grade-point average of each student-athlete who appeared on an institution's roster as of the last contest of the championship segment in each conference-sponsored sport.

The Rutgers men’s cross country team was honored earlier this year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) by earning 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 runners at their respective NCAA regional championship.

The Scarlet Knights posted a 3.32 cumulative GPA, the highest GPA of the five American Athletic Conference teams represented. Among Big Ten schools, which Rutgers joins this fall, the Scarlet Knights’ grade point average would have led the way.

The Rutgers men’s cross country team placed 17th overall at the NCAA Division Mid-Atlantic Regional and placed seventh at the IC4A. Rising seniors Chris Banafato (Bridgewater, N.J.), who placed sixth at IC4A’s, along with classmate Chris DeFabio (Millington, N.J.). were both All-East University Division honorees.

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