NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Saginaw Valley State University women's cross country team was one of just seven teams in the nation to place six runners on the USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country team. Joining the Cardinals were Western State, Philadelphia, Edinboro, U-Mary, Grand Valley, and Adams State.
Saginaw Valley runners making the team were Lauren Hill (Flat Rock, Mich.), Ashley Meyer (Shepherd, Mich.), Megan Pittoors (Macomb, Mich./Dakota HS), Chelsea Savage (Monroe, Mich./St. Mary's Catholic Central), Emily Short (Tawas, Mich./Tawas Area HS) and Alycia Wright (Macomb Township, Mich./Lutheran High North).
A total of 354 student-athletes represent the 117 institutions that compose the group. Another 19 teams notched five runners on the All-Academic list. Among conferences, the PSAC led them all with 58 honorees, followed by the GLIAC's 37.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team in Division II, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or greater through the most-recent semester, completed at least 12 credit hours in the semester of cross country competition, and placed in the top 50 percent at the most recent NCAA National Championships or in the top 30 percent at the NCAA Regional Championships.