FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas men’s track program has success both on and off the track by tying fourth on the United States Cross Country Coaches Association 1999 Men’s Division I All-Academic teams selection, as well as having two Razorbacks named to the all-academic team.
“I am really proud of them,” head coach John McDonnell said. “To win national championships and to be named in the top five academically, that is special.”
Arkansas, which finished first last season in the poll, placed fourth this season with a collective grade point average of 3.39. The Razorbacks are the highest ranked Southeastern Conference school with Vanderbilt in 12th and Auburn in a tie for 13th. They have also placed higher than higher profiled schools such as Stanford (3.19), Notre Dame (3.24) and Yale (3.29).
“This is an example of our kids not only training hard, but those distance guys run anything from 75 to 95 miles a week and carry a three-point cumulative grade point,” McDonnell said. “Some of those teams that beat us have five or six guys on their team and we had 15, so it wasn’t like we were trying to be cheap about it. We had everybody. I am very proud of them.”
The USCCCA also named senior Andrew Begley and Matt Kerr to its all-academic team.
A three-time All-American, Begley has a 3.81 GPA in exercise science/physiology. Kerr, a seven-time All-American and a two-time national champion, was also named to the all-academic team. Kerr has a 3.76 in international business administration.
Begley has also been selected to the first team of the GTE Academic All-American Team in cross country for his studies. All-American Ryan Stanley has been named to the third team for is 3.83 GPA in History and German.
The Hogs will be competing in the Bank of Fayetteville Invitational April 22 at the John McDonnell Field. Field events begin at 8 a.m. while running events will begin at 3:30 p.m.