Women's Cross Country Posts Third-Highest National GPA
By Kaylie Noll
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay women’s cross country team posted a cumulative 3.82 grade point average this season to receive the third-best GPA in the nation. Their combined GPA was ranked among all Division I teams. The cross country women also led the Phoenix with the highest grade point average out of all 16 teams, helping the entire Green Bay athletic program earn a combined 3.35 in Fall 2016.
The recognized athletes included seniors Marissa Cherek and Breanna Suess, juniors Kimberly Hurst, Heather Plough, and Erin Schmitt, sophomore Alexandra Kershner, and freshmen Carolynn Claussen, Meta Ehlen, and Olivia Zweber.
Head coach Mike Kline said, “I’m very happy and proud of the women’s team. They definitely work hard to keep high academic standards. It also goes to show that our faculty and staff work with them very well to help them be successful in the classroom and on the cross country trails.”
Hurst led the way for the women, earning a spot on the Horizon League Academic All-League team this season. Cherek, Kershner, Plough, Schmitt, and Suess also made it on the 2016 Fall Academic Honor Roll.
Last year, the women were only one one-hundredth higher, but ended up taking the top spot in the nation. This year, the stakes were higher, as Georgia State sat in first with a GPA of 3.85 and the University of San Francisco posted a 3.84 for the second-highest grade point average in the nation.
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