Juniors Travis Boccher of Salisbury University and Jason Driscoll of the University of Mary Washington, along with three CAC cross country teams, were honored for academic success as the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced its 2008 Division III men's and women's scholar teams.
Salisbury's men's and women's cross country team, as well as Hood's women's squad, were named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team award for compiling a 3.10 cumulative grade point average as a team and competing in an NCAA Regional Championship meet.
Boccher and Driscoll were among the 132 male student-athletes honored individually by the USTFCCCA this season. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher and finish in the top 25 percent of the field at their respective NCAA regional meet.
The USTFCCCA honored 103 men's teams and 156 women's teams for great success in the classroom and on the course.
The Salisbury men's cross country team had an outstanding season in '08 as the Sea Gulls finished with five top three finishes including three first-place wins. The Gulls have won four straight CAC championships and qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regional championships where they finished in 11th place. In the classroom the Gulls posted a 3.30 GPA.
The Sea Gulls' women's team enjoyed similar success as they posted three top three finishes including two first-place wins. The Gulls won the 2008 CAC championship, their fourth and five years, and placed 17th in the NCAA Mideast Regional championships. The women posted a 3.13 GPA for the semester.
The Hood women finished fourth out of eight teams represented at the CAC championship. Senior Danielle Sgro led the Blazers with a 13th-place finish. Hood's team GPA for the fall 2008 semester was an impressive 3.348.