Women's cross country boasts third-best GPA in Division III

Runners warm up before a race by jogging.

New Orleans, La. -- The Lynchburg College women's cross country team didn't just excel on the course this fall, as evidenced by the group's 3.81 cumulative team GPA.

That mark, the third highest among NCAA Division III teams, earned the Hornets an All-Academic Team distinction from the USTFCCCA, the association announced this week. Lynchburg is one of 388 teams recognized on the list, which stipulates a team GPA above 3.1 and a team score at an NCAA regional meet.

Lynchburg's women placed fourth at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional in November.

Not surprisingly, the team award is the culmination of several outstanding individual efforts. Four of Lynchburg's harriers -- juniors juniors Abby May (Lynchburg, Va.), Samantha Schreiber (Gladys, Va.), and Morgan Watson (Concord, Va.), and sophomore Michela Cholak (Ocean Township, N.J.) -- were named to the USTFCCCA's All-Academic team, a dual-emphasis accolade, while an additional three, freshmen Stephanie Burnett (Midlothian, Va.), Kaitlyn Johnson (Spotsylvania, Va.), and Hope van der Linde (Charlottesville, Va.) were also Dean's List scholars.

The Johns Hopkins women's and North Central men's teams took top honors as the Division III Scholar Teams of the Year.