Cross country programs earn all-academic team awards

Four Hamilton College women's cross country runners earned all-academic honors in 2008 from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

A student-athlete must carry a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better and must finish in the top 25 percent of the field at their respective NCAA regional meet to qualify for the all-academic team. A total of 219 Division III women's cross country runners from 103 programs received the honor.

Meredith FitzPatrick '11 (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich Academy) made the team for the second straight year. Hamilton's first-time members included Gen Flanders '09 (Chilmark, Mass./Martha's Vineyard Regional HS), Katherine Hails '10 (Merion, Pa./Lower Merion HS) and Emily Potter '12 (Austin, Texas/Westwood HS).

Flanders and FitzPatrick finished 34th and 35th, respectively, in the 2008 NCAA Atlantic Regional championships at St. Lawrence University on Nov. 15. Both athletes earned all-region honors.

The Hamilton men and women cross country teams received 2008 Division III All-Academic Team honors from the USTFCCCA. A team must post a grade point average of 3.10 or better during the 2008 fall semester, and compete and compile a team score at an NCAA regional meet to be eligible for the award. Hamilton's men recorded a grade point average of 3.56 and the women posted a GPA of 3.63.

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