Tigers Cross Country Honored By NCAA For Excellence In The Classroom

Stockton, Calif. – The Pacific Cross Country team continued its season accomplishments on Thursday, November 10 as the squad received the prestigious NCAA Public Recognition Award.

The honor comes because the 2011 team had an APR (Academic Progress Rate) in the top 10 percent of all the squads in Women's Cross Country. The APR is a metric established by the NCAA to indicate the success of collegiate athletic teams in moving student athletes towards graduation. 

Head coach Josh Jones was proud of his team saying, "this is a tremendous accomplishment for the team. Not only did we have a historic season on the course, but we had an excellent academic year in the classroom." He added, "I am so excited for the progress this program has made over the past few years."

Jones' student-athletes set the all-time fastest Pacific team mark at the Big West Championships this season. The squad also set numerous individual personal best. This year's squad consisted of seniors Jazmin Quiroz and Monica Torres, sophomores Melissa Hopper and Cassi Rush. The freshman included: Katie Castro, Rebecca Tuttle, Julia Lane, and Micaela Todd.