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USU cross-country: Utah State programs honored by USTFCCCA

Utah State’s men's and women’s cross-county programs were honored by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday as both teams earned All-Academic honors, while senior Eric Shellhorn was also recognized.

Utah State’s women’s cross-country program had a cumulative 3.52 grade point average during the 2014 season, while the Aggie men had a 3.08 cumulative GPA. Overall, 226 women’s teams and 179 men’s teams earned All-Academic honors from the USTFCCCA.

Shellhorn, a senior from Montrose, Colorado, was one of 91 male student-athletes at the Division I level to earn All-Academic accolades from the USTFCCCA as honorees must have compiled a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and have finished in the top 15 (or 10 percent) at regionals or as an All-American at the national meet.

Shellhorn concluded his cross-country career last fall with a 97th-place finish at the NCAA Championships after earning All-Mountain Region honors as he placed 20th at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships.

Overall, Shellhorn was one of just six Mountain West men’s cross-country athletes to earn All-Academic honors from the USTFCCCA. Furthermore, USU’s men’s program was one of five Mountain West schools recognized for academic excellence, while the Aggie women’s program was one of seven schools from the Mountain West honored.

Doug Hoffman is the associate athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.