NEW ORLEANS – Both the Manchester University men’s and women’s cross country programs were honored by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as All-Academic Team recipients, the organization announced this week.

Overall, there were 137 men’s programs and 163 women’s programs across NCAA Division III to garner All-Academic Team recognition from the USTFCCCA. The men posted a team GPA of 3.25, while the women posted a team GPA of 3.74. The women’s team GPA ranked 25th in this year’s listings.

In order to qualify for All-Academic distinction, teams must have a cumulative GPA of 3.1 on a 4.0 scale, including the most recent grading period, among other qualifiers.

Additionally, four Spartans were recognized as All-Academic Athletes by the USTFCCCA. Both Thomas Richardson (Ladoga, Ind./Southmont) and Enrique Salazar (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) were honored from the men’s team, while Elizabeth Lohman (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) and Lauren Smith (Anderson, Ind./Lapel) were recognized from the women’s team.

In order to qualify for All-Academic distinction, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 on a 4.0 scale and finish in the top-25 percent of their respective regional championship meet.

Overall, there were 248 male athletes and 203 female athletes from NCAA Division III who were named All-Academic Athletes for their efforts during the 2021 season.