March 10, 2009
Providence, RI - Duriel Hardy (West Chester, PA), a junior on the men's track & field team, has recently been selected to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Men's All-Academic Team.
A total of 40 men's student-athletes received this honor, representing 34 different schools. The award honors those student-athletes who have succeeded both academically and athletically. To be eligible for the award a student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA and must finish in the top 15 finishers (or top 10 percent) of the field at their respective NCAA regional meet or attain All-American status at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships.
Hardy, a First Team All-Ivy selection in the fall, earned the top finish for the men's cross country team that day as Brown placed fifth with a combined 142 points. Hardy's time of 24:52.3 on the five-mile course at Van Cortlandt Park earned him seventh place that day. Hardy, was also an Academic All-Ivy selection, and has recently been named Second Team All-Ivy after competing at Heps last week.
Also, the Brown men's track & field team has been named to the 2008 NCAA Division I USTFCCCA Men's All-Academic Team. The Bears have combined for a cumulative GPA of 3.070. The women's team also received a spot on the Women's All-Academic Team with an outstanding team GPA of a 3.360.
Thirty-five percent of all Division I institutions (315) who sponsor men's cross country received the honor. In addition, 7 of the top 10 and 14 of the top 20 teams in the championship field at this year's NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships were named USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams.
For a team to be considered for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team award, they must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional Meet. The team must also have a minimum 3.00 team cumulative grade point average.