GORHAM, Maine -- The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USFTCCCA) announced Wednesday that the University of Southern Maine women's cross country team was among the 187 teams to earn 2011 Division III All-Academic status.
To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, a team must have a combined cumulative team GPA of 3.10 through the fall 2011 semester. A total of 187 institutions, representing 38 conferences, earned the coveted honor. Southern Maine and Keene State College were the only Little East Conference schools to receive the designation.
The 11 members of the USM women's cross country team have a combined cumulative GPA of 3.32 on a 4.00 scale. Team members included juniors Molly Carl (York, Maine), Ariel Howes (Farmingdale, Maine/Hall-Dale), Ann Knausenberger (Litchfield, Maine/St. Dominic), Brooke Madden (Dedham, Maine/Brewer) and Katherine McWilliams (Nashville, Tenn./Middle College), sophomore Morgan Beede (Augusta, Maine/Cony), and freshmen Chelsea Marcantonio (Apo, AE/English International), Emily Panciera (Monson, Maine/Foxcroft Academy), Tayla Robbins (Raymond, Maine/Gray-New Gloucester), Anna Whitaker (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) and Hannah Wiley (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy).
Last week, the USTFCCCA announced that Carl was among the 183 individuals to receive its 2011 Division III All-Academic Cross Country status. To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country team as an individual, an athlete must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and placed in the top 35 at the NCAA Regional Championships. Carl finished 11th at the NCAA New England Regional Championship held at Bowdoin College in November.