COLUMBUS, Ohio For the seventh-consecutive season the Ohio State men’s cross country team was named an academic All-America team by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

For a team to be named as a USTFCCCA All-Academic team, a team must have scored points at an NCAA regional meet and must have a minimum 3.0 grade-point-average. The Buckeyes were one of six Big Ten schools to earn All-Academic honors. The Buckeyes were also one of only 16 teams from the 2007 NCAA Championships to be named an Academic All-America.

“Our athletic department is very proud of our cross country team’s academic achievement,” Ohio State head coach Robert Gary said. “With cross country going right into indoor and outdoor track, they are the only student-athletes who are truly in-season for the entirety of the OSU calendar. Their time management and commitment serve as a great example of what it means to be an OSU student-athlete.” 

The Buckeyes distance will take part this weekend in the 2008 Big Ten Track and Field Championships in Madison, Wis., March 1-2