Four Pack Teams Garner NCAA Public Recognition Awards
June 14, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State gymnastics, mixed rifle, men's cross country and women's golf teams were honored by the NCAA by earning the organization's Public Recognition Award, based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate. These awards are given each year to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent in each sport.
This is the fourth time that the Wolfpack mixed rifle program has garnered the award, while it marks third time the men's cross country has earned the honor.
NC State was among the 263 Division I schools to have at least one program recognized on the top APR list. The NCAA publicly recognized 954 teams (560 women's teams, 394 men's and mixed squads) for their academic performance during the 2010-11 academic year.
Here's how those teams performed during the 2010-11 seasons:
The Pack gymnastics team advanced to NCAA Regional competition in 2011 with Stephanie Ouellette qualifying for the national championships as an individual competitor becoming the first NC State freshman to do so since 1993. The squad placed 10 gymnasts on the EAGL all-academic team and Brittany Vontz earned the ACC Post-Graduate Scholarship.
The men's cross country team finished second at the ACC Championships and posted a third-place showing at the NCAA Regional in 2010. The team also had three members named to the All-ACC academic team.
NC State's women's golf team claimed eighth at the 2011 ACC Championship, while three golfers earned All-ACC academic accolades.
The mixed rifle team member, Bryan Cross, captured the 2011 SEARC individual championship, while helping NC State to second place in the team standings.
Full APR's for all teams will be released on June 20. The APR was created to prove a real-time rate measuring the eligibility and retention of scholarship student-athletes based on a rolling average from four years of data. Points are awarded per term to student-athletes who meet academic eligibility requirements and are being retained. The APR is based on a calculation of total points earned at a given time divided by the total points possible. The NCAA's benchmark for all intercollegiate athletic programs is 930. Per NCAA legislation, athletic programs can be penalized if their multi-year APR is below a 900.