McGarrity Earns USTFCCCA All-Academic Honor

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
         
Release: February 09, 2017
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Courtesy: Peter G. Borg (Rider University)
Lawrenceville, NJ – Rider University senior cross country and track and field standout Megan McGarrity (Philadelphia, PA/St. Basil's Academy) was named to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I All-Academic Team on Thursday afternoon.

“Meg has worked very hard for her academic success at Rider,” Rider University Cross Country and Track & Field Head Coach Bob Hamer said. “This is very similar to her efforts in cross country. She has claimed many accolades, but I am very proud of her earning this well-deserved honor.”

McGarrity had a record-breaking autumn for the Broncs, finishing a program-best second at the MAAC Championship at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. McGarrity finished second overall among the 131 runners, covering the 6,000 meter course in a time of 21:27.61, the best finish ever for a Bronc, men or women. At the Mid-Atlantic Regional, McGarrity landed in 21st to earn All-Region honors. She capped her fall with a second-place finish at the ECAC Championship.

In order to qualify for the honor, athletes must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and finish in the top-25 (or 10 percent) at regionals or as an All-American at the national meet.

In total, there were 265 athletes named USTFCCCA All-Academic with a lion’s share of them women (168).

Both the Rider men’s and women’s team earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors as a group as well.

“The team each year sets a goal of earning this honor,” Hamer added. “We always strive for academic excellence in addition to athletic excellence.  Both the men's and women's team epitomize this program philosophy and they have created a great culture of academic leadership.”  

In order to earn the distinction, the teams needed a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

Overall, there were 431 teams that earned distinction from the USTFCCCA for their efforts both athletically and academically. Of those 431 teams, 242 were women’s and 189 were men’s.
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