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The Phoenix women recorded a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.83 in the fall semester.
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Women's Cross Country Team Earns Highest GPA in Nation

Courtesy: Green Bay Athletics
         
Release: February 23, 2016
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NEW ORLEANS — The Green Bay women’s cross country team recorded the highest grade point average of any cross country team in the nation this past fall after achieving a 3.83 GPA, the highest of any athletics program in Green Bay’s history.

"I am very proud of our women’s cross country team for being ranked first academically in the nation," head coach Mike Kline said. "This is definitely a great honor for the team; and a compliment to the discipline, dedication, and passion they display as student-athletes. It is a team effort which includes the support from our faculty, staff, and administration. This is an awesome recognition for our women’s cross country team and athletics in Phoenix Country."

The Phoenix edged South Carolina for the top women’s team GPA by the slimmest of margins (.004). Green Bay also recorded a higher GPA than any cross country team in NCAA divisions II and III.

Senior Sarah Mauel received individual recognition for success in athletics and academics this fall, with the Green Bay native being named to the Horizon League Fall Academic team after pacing the squad in the final two races of 2015, both at the Horizon League conference meet (23:02.33) in Dayton, Ohio, and the NCAA Great Lakes Regional (23:24.4) in Verona, Wis.

Mauel, Rachel Crites, Taylor Stelter, Breanna Suess, Marissa Cherek, Erin Schmitt, Heather Plough, Kimberly Hurst and Alexandra Kershner make up the record-setting squad.

This achievement adds to the academic success garnered by all Phoenix athletics programs, as Green Bay logged its 32nd-consecutive semester with a department-wide GPA above a 3.0. The most recent fall semester was also the highest ever recorded for the department in the fall, registering a 3.33.

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