INDIANAPOLIS – The UMBC women's cross country team received a Public Recognition Award for its Academic Progress Rate (APR) from the NCAA, the organization announced late last week.
The squad received the award because it was in the top 10-percent of all NCAA Division I squads with respect to progress rate in the classroom. The Retrievers received a perfect score of 1,000 as each of the athletes on scholarship were eligible and either graduated or were on track to graduate academically.
"That is the expectation for each of the athletes to continue to progress," said cross country head coach Matt Gitterman. "This is a good reflection that they're doing what they need to be doing in the classroom."
This year 954 teams were publically recognized by the NCAA for high achievement, represented by 560 women's teams and 394 men's or mixed teams.
Top performing APR's this year ranged from 978 to a perfect 1,000, with the majority of teams earning a perfect APR. The number of teams in some sports may exceed 10-percent depending on the number of perfect scores.