Feb. 25, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss cross country team was one of 200 teams to earn 2012 Division I All-Academic Status announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
In addition, senior Stephanie Ledgerwood was among 115 student-athletes representing the 69 institutions that also earned All-Academic Status.
Southern Miss reported the highest cumulative team GPA in the country through the fall 2012 semester at 3.79. South Carolina followed at 3.743.
To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have started at least five runners at their respective NCAA regional championship.
Ledgerwood finished 15th overall at the NCAA South Regional in Tallahassee, Fla., with a personal-best time of 20:33.1 in the 6K race, earned her first all-region honor. Ledgerwood was the top runner for the Golden Eagles all season. She has posted seven top 20 finishes including two individual titles. She also earned first team All-Conference USA after finishing third overall at the C-USA Championship.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have either earned USTFCCCA All-America status or finished in the NCAA region's top 15 (or top 10 percent) in 2012.