Feb. 14, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's cross country team were honored as an All-Academic team by the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association on Friday, Feb. 14. It is the 10th-straight team recognition for the women. In addition, redshirt freshman Rachele Schulist and redshirt sophomore Caleb Rhynard were recognized as individual All-Academic honorees.
To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have started at least five runners at their respective NCAA regional championship.
With a cumulative team GPA of 3.3603, the women have earned All-Academic team recognition 10 years in a row. This marks their 16th team honor dating back to 1994.
At the 2013 NCAA Great Lakes Regional, the women placed third overall with 73 points, led by a fifth-place finish by Leah O’Connor. The women received an at-large bid to compete at the NCAA Championships for the 14th-straight season, the longest active streak in the Big Ten.
Receiving her first All-Academic honor, Rachele Schulist owns a 3.48 cumulative GPA in her pursuit of a degree in kinesiology. In her first regional championship meet, she was the second Spartan to finish on the women’s team as she placed eighth overall. She also helped lead the MSU women to a sixth-place overall finish at the NCAA Championships, the highest finish since 2007 and third-best in program history, as she crossed the finish line 50th with a time of 20:53.90.
Caleb Rhynard also receives his first All-Academic honor after earning a 3.99 cumulative GPA as he pursues a degree in kinesiology. He led the Michigan State men’s cross country team all season, placing fourth overall at the Great Lakes Regional to automatically qualify for the national meet. As the lone male Spartan, Rhynard finished 34th overall at the NCAA Championships with a time of 30:41.40. Making his second-straight trip to the nationals, Rhynard earned the first All-American honors of his career and the first for the Spartan men since Kyle Baker in 1997.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average and must finish among the top-10 percent of the field at their respective NCAA regional meet.