NEW ORLEANS – The Rogers State women's cross country team along with Colton Green, Baylor Harvey and Seth Whittington of the men's cross country team earned 2017 NCAA Division II Cross Country All-Academic Awards as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Feb. 9.

The women's cross country team was one of 157 women's programs to garner the 2017 NCAA Division II Cross Country Team All-Academic Award. The Hillcats posted a 3.26 grade point average as a team to pick up the honor.

Overall, there were 276 teams – 157 women's and 119 men's teams – that picked up All-Academic honors. Union (Tenn.) paced the women's side with the highest team grade point average of 3.92. Alderson Broaddus and Azusa Pacific tied for the best men's grade point average, as each program posted a 3.77 in the classroom.

Green, Harvey and Whittington of the men's team were awarded the individual All-Academic honor to go along with the women's team award.

A total of 675 student-athletes – 393 women and 282 men – earned individual All-Academic honors with 89 student-athletes posting a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

The individual All-Academic honor was awarded to those athletes who have compiled a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 and finished among the top 30 percent of eligible runners at his or her regional championships and/or the top half of the field at the NCAA Championships.

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