NACOGDOCHES, Texas — The Stephen F. Austin men's and women's cross country teams were both named this week to the USTFCCCA All-Academic list. Both SFA teams recorded the top GPA in the Southland Conference and rank third in the South Central Region.
The Ladyjacks — one of just three Southland teams to make the list — posted a team GPA of 3.60, which ranks 18th in the country. SFA is tied with Rice for the third-best mark in the region. This marks the eighth consecutive year for the Ladyjacks to earn All-Academic status.
Additionally, junior Stephanie Ganter is one of 99 student-athletes nationwide to earn individual All-Academic status. She is the first Ladyjack harrier to take this honor and the first Southland Conference representative in two years. To earn mention on the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better and either earn All-America status as an athlete or finish in the top 15 at an NCAA regional meet. Ganter finished 13th to take all-region honors at the 2010 South Central Regional Championships. In December, Ganter was named the Southland Conference Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Year.
The SFA men's team put up a GPA of 3.07, making the Lumberjacks one of just two Southland Conference teams to earn All-Academic status. SFA is behind only Rice and Baylor in the South Central Region.
To earn All-Academic status, a team must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 and record a team score at the NCAA regional championships.