NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Behind two individual academic honorees, Vanderbilt men’s cross country finished with the third-best grade-point average in the nation and the women’s cross country team finished with the second-best GPA in the SEC, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Thursday.
Sophomores Nick Laning (civil engineering) and Ana Wallace (chemical engineering) were each named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic teams.
The Vanderbilt men combined for a 3.66 GPA which was only eclipsed by the University of Cincinnati and Samford University. The women finished with a 3.63 GPA which was just 0.01 behind Ole Miss for the top spot in the SEC.
Laning was an all-region selection and the second man in program history to earn all-conference honors (first since 1966) with second team recognition. Wallace was also an all-region honoree and was named to the All-SEC Freshman team in her first cross country campaign.
In order to qualify for All-Academic distinction, student-athletes must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale and finish in the top-25 (or 10 percent) at the NCAA Regional Championships or as an All-American at the NCAA Championships.
For the team recognition—which both Vanderbilt programs received—teams must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, including the most recent grading period.