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Liberty Men's and Women's Harriers Honored as NCAA Division I All-Academic Teams

February 22, 2007
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Drew Ponder helped the men's cross country team attain NCAA Division I All-Academic Men's Cross Country Team status.

Drew Ponder helped the men's cross country team attain NCAA Division I All-Academic Men's Cross Country Team status.

The Liberty men's and women's cross country squads have been named as NCAA Division I All-Academic Cross Country Teams. The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the awards this afternoon. 

The Liberty men's harriers earned the distinction on the basis of their 3.205 team GPA. A total of 86 teams were included on the national list, but the Flames were the only Big South Conference squad to achieve all-academic status. Liberty's GPA was bolstered by Drew Ponder (Jr., Colonial Heights, Va.), who was selected to the Big South All-Academic Team. Iona was named the NCAA Division I All-Academic Men's Cross Country Team of the Year. 

On the women's side, the Lady Flames compiled a 3.328 team GPA, making them one of 145 teams honored nationally. Coastal Carolina and Winthrop were the only other conference schools on the list. Piper Newby (Jr., Hayden Lake, Idaho) not only enjoyed a breakthrough season on the course, but also aided Liberty's results in the classroom as a Big South All-Academic Team member. National champion Stanford won the NCAA Division I All-Academic Women's Cross Country Team of the Year award.