Friday, May 21, 2010

Spiders Men's Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field TEAMS Honored by NCAA for Academic Performance

(From Top...) Juniors, Andrew Benford, Matt Llano and Tim Quinn, along with Garrett Graham performed at the highest level on the track and in the classroom helping the Spiders Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field TEAMS achieve national recognition from the NCAA for Academic Performance.

Men's Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field, Football and Baseball Honored For Academic Performance

The football team was one of just eight Division-I postseason teams (FCS & FBS) to be honored.

By Richmond SID

May 12, 2010

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND - The University of Richmond football team, which is a year removed from winning the 2008 Division I National Championship, joined the Spider baseball and both the men's indoor and outdoor track & field teams on the NCAA's list of public recognition award winners for their Academic Progress Score.

The announcement of the public recognition awards was made by the NCAA Wednesday, and it marks the third-consecutive season that football and men's indoor track & field have been honored, while baseball and men's outdoor track & field have been recognized in back-to-back years.

Teams that were honored posted multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. The public recognition awards are part of the broad Division I academic reform effort. The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention, and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.

The Richmond football team joined 2009 National Champion and fellow CAA Football South Division member Villanova as two of only eight teams that played in a bowl game or the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs to be honored.

The NCAA recognized 26 Division-I football teams, 30 Division-I baseball teams, 26 men's indoor track & field teams, and 28 men's outdoor track & field teams.

In all, 841 teams were publicly recognized this year for high achievement -- that represent 13.4 percent of the 6,297 eligible Division I teams. This list includes 492 women's teams and 349 men's or mixed squads. A total of 228 institutions, out of 331 Division I colleges and universities, placed at least one team on the APR list.

All 14 Atlantic 10 institutions had at least one program recognized, while twelve schools had multiple teams garner distinction. In addition, all 21 sports sponsored by the conference were represented by at least one A-10 program. Among the 31 Division I conferences, only the A-10, the Ivy Group and the Patriot League had each of its member institutions receive public recognition awards for one or more programs.

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