WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Continuing a longstanding tradition, UNCW’s men and women have been honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as All-Academic Teams for their outstanding work in the classroom.

The squads were among 160 men’s programs and 217 women’s programs that earned All-Academic Team honors. Programs must compile a cumulative GPA or 3.00 or greater to qualify for the award and start at least five runners at the NCAA Regionals.

Overall, 231 unique programs were recognized, including 146 that had both their women’s and men’s teams earn the honor.

“We’re very proud of our men and women for earning this award once again,” said Layne Schwier, assistant cross country/track and field coach and distance coach. “For the women, this makes the 11th year in a row and that speaks volumes about the expectations we have for our student-athletes.

“Earning this award used to be an annual goal, but it has become more of an expectation. To balance the daily training, the travel and competition schedule, as well as their academics at the level that they do, is a tremendous accomplishment. It starts with bringing the right athletes into the program, and then it continues with them getting the job done as expected. We would like to thank our academic support staff, particularly Will Libous, for their help in keeping the team members on task, especially the freshmen in their first semester.”

Eleven state schools achieved the honor on the women’s side. Joining UNCW were Appalachian State, UNC Charlotte, Davidson, Duke, East Carolina, High Point, N.C. State, North Carolina, UNC Asheville and Wake Forest. Six Colonial Athletic Association schools were honored, including UNCW, College of Charleston, James Madison, Northeastern, Towson and William & Mary.

On the men’s side, UNCW was one of six schools recognized, along with Davidson, Duke, High Point, N.C. State and Wake Forest. Only three CAA men’s teams collected the honor – UNCW, College of Charleston and Northeastern.