Masterson, Moline claim USTFCCCA honors
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Cross Country - Thu, Feb. 9, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – Cornell's 2016 cross country teams have been recognized for academic and athletic performance by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Senior women's runners Abrah Masterson (SR/Granby, Colo.) and Rachel Moline (SR/Louisville, Colo.) represented the Rams as USTFCCCA All-Academic Individuals, meeting the criteria of a 3.30 cumulative grade point average and finishing in the top-25 percent at their respective regional championship.

Masterson received the USTFCCCA academic cross country award for the third time in her career.

In total, there were 664 student-athletes (374 women) who gained all-academic mention from the USTFCCCA in NCAA Division III.

Coach Dan Schofer's men and women were both honored as USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams for the fall season. The Ram women compiled a 3.50 GPA, the men a 3.12.

For a team to earn this distinction, it must have posted a team score at an NCAA regional meet and achieved a 3.10 GPA. A total 389 teams (216 women) gained the award in Division III.

Masterson, the 2015 USTFCCCA Women's Scholar Athlete of the Year, collected her second all-America cross country medal with a seventh-place showing at the 2016 NCAA Championships. She took runner-up at the Central Region Championships, earning all-region status for the fourth consecutive year.

Moline punched her first berth to the NCAA cross country meet last fall. She qualified by placing ninth at regionals.

The Ram women placed sixth out of 32 teams at the regional meet, matching the best finish in program history. Cornell's men took 16th at regionals.