As if a national championship wasn’t enough, Oregon cross country continues to pile up national awards.
The reigning NCAA champions were named Scholar Team of the Year on Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. It’s the first such honor for a program enjoying unprecedented success in its first year under head coach Robert Johnson.
Oregon is the third Pac-12 school to win the honor since 2006, the award’s inaugural year: Stanford won in 2006 and 2007, and Washington won the following year in 2008. Villanova earned back-to-back honors in 2009 and 2010 before Georgetown won the award last year.
More from the athletic department’s press release:
Individually, three Oregon runners were selected as Division I All-Academic honorees. Seniors (Jordan) Hasay and (Alexi) Pappas were joined by freshman Allie Woodward in earning that designation. Scholar Teams of the year are determined from among those who earned All-Academic status and placed highest as a team at the most recent NCAA Championships.
As a team, the Ducks posted a 3.66 team GPA through fall semester, the tenth-best team mark in the country and the second highest among all NCAA Championship qualifying teams.
In November, Oregon won its first national title since 1987 behind Hasay’s third-place national finish. Pappas finished eighth, and fellow Duck Katie Conlon wasn’t too far behind in 39th. In addition to the championship, Johnson earned Peter Tegen National Women’s Coach of the Year honors.