June 5, 2013
The men's cross country team has been honored with a Public Recognition Award, given to teams by the NCAA for their Academic Progress Rates (APR).
The NCAA Public Recognition Awards are given each year to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent in each sport. Top performing APRs this year ranged from 978 to a perfect 1,000, with the majority of teams earning a perfect APR.
Ten programs from the Big West received the honor, the NCAA announced on Wednesday. Cal State Northridge and UC Davis led all Big West schools with two squads recognized. Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, UC Irvine, UC Riverside and Pacific received one award apiece.
Of the 10 teams honored, five were either men's or women's cross country teams. In all, 54 Big West teams have been honored with a Public Recognition Award since the program's inception.
Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR. The rate measures, eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.
Full APRs for all teams, including penalties for low-performing teams, will be released June 11.
For a complete breakdown of Public Recognition Awards, click here.
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