NEW ORLEANSCathy Parker (Westford, Mass.), a senior for the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team, as well as the squad itself, were recently honored by the USTFCCCA for their academic success. 

The All-American Parker was one of 91 female student-athletes to be named to the Division I USTFCCCA Women’s All-Academic Team based on her exceptional academic achievements, as well as her performance at the NCAA New England Regional on Nov. 10, 2007 at Harvard University.

Academically, Parker had a 3.89 grade point average for the Fall 2007 semester and was also named to the America East All-Academic Team. The senior was equally impressive on the course as she placed eighth at the New England Regional, finishing the 6K race in 20 minutes, 57.30 seconds.

The USTFCCCA award honors those student-athletes who have succeeded both academically and athletically.  To be eligible for the award a student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average and have completed a minimum 24 semester hours through the 2007 fall term.  Additionally, the student-athlete must finish in the top 15 runners or top ten percent of finishers at their respective NCAA regional meet, or receive All-American honors.

As a team, UNH was honored as one of 158 Division I women’s programs to receive the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honor. The Wildcats had a team grade point average of 3.22 and compiled 320 points at the New England Regional. 

For a team to be considered for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team award, they must have compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional Meet.  The team must also have a minimum 3.00 team cumulative grade point average.

Parker capped off one of the most impressive cross country careers in UNH history by placing 28th overall at the 253-runner NCAA National Championships on Nov. 19. Parker was the second quickest New England runner and the third fastest runner from the Northeast region. Her success in the race paved the way to her becoming the first All-American runner in the UNH program in nearly 15 years.
Parker competed in the NCAA National Championships for the second straight year after receiving one of only two individual at-large bids for the entire country. Since 1996, UNH’s cross country program has sent four different runners to the NCAA National Championships. Of the four, Parker is the only member of the women’s team and is the only one to go twice.
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