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By: Justin Grones

GREEN BAY, Wis. ( - For the second time in program history the Green Bay women's cross country team has been awarded the NCAA Public Recognition Award for academic success. The Phoenix last earned the award during the 2010-11 season. To be eligible for the award, a team must have an academic progress rate in the top 10 percent of all teams in an NCAA sport.

Head men's and women's cross country coach Mike Kline, who is also the Academic Coordinator for Green Bay Athletics, helped Green Bay student-athletes post one of the most successful school years in a rich history of academic success. For the 25th consecutive semester, Green Bay student-athletes posted an overall GPA above 3.0, with a record-high 3.27 mark in the 2012 spring semester. Kline's women's cross country team was near the top with a 3.45 mark.

The award is just the latest in a string of success for the team this fall. Green Bay posted a third place team finish at UW-Parkside Sept. 8, paced by freshman Sarah Mauel (Green Bay, Wis.) who took third overall. Mauel was recognized for her success and named Horizon League Runner of the Week Sept. 10.

The team followed up its third-place finish in Kenosha by winning the Division-I title at the 20th annual Falcon Invite hosted by Concordia Sept. 15. The Phoenix beat in-state rival Milwaukee by scoring 16 points to take the top D-I spot.

Green Bay will look to continue its success as the team travels to South Bend, Ind. to compete in the 2012 Notre Dame Invitational Sept. 28.


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