Cross Country Posts Highest GPA in Division II

The Truman men’s cross country team posted the highest cumulative grade point average among 80 Division II institutions and earned the distinction of being a United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team. In addition, senior Joey Walls was one of 208 runners to earn All-Academic individual accolades.

Truman reported the highest cumulative team GPA among men’s Division II squads with a 3.71 while Gannon University in Pennsylvania was next at 3.60.

To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic cross country team, the team must have a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have complied a score (finished at least five runners) at their respective NCAA regional championship.

Walls, native of Columbia, Mo., and graduate of Hickman High School, finished seventh out of 145 runners at the South Central regional in November and, coupled with his GPA, was named USTFCCCA All-Academic for the second straight year.

A 3.25 GPA and either a top 50 percent finish in the NCAA Division II National Championship or a top 30 percent finish in the regional competition is required to earn All-Academic honors.