Macomb Community College men’s cross-country team honored for academic achievement
– Wednesday, July 2, 2014 12:00AM
NJCAA names the Monarchs the All-Academic Team for their sport
The Macomb Community College men’s cross-country running team was named by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) as the All-Academic Team of the year for that sport. The honor is given to teams with the highest average grade-point averages (GPAs) in the nation. Macomb’s team, one of 139 NJCAA-affiliated men’s cross-country teams in the country, leads with a team GPA of 3.59.
Including this year’s award, Macomb’s men’s cross-country team has been named NJCAA Academic All-Americans in three of the past four seasons.
“Being a student athlete should mean being a student first,” said Geary Maiuri, Macomb’s dean of student and community services. “Here at Macomb, we strongly believe college athletic programs can enhance the student experience by helping participants stay fit, focused and ready to learn. Our cross-country team is a good example of how well that philosophy can work.”
Cross-country is a rigorous fall sport in which competitors run over natural terrain on open-air courses for long distances. The team competes locally at Stony Creek Metropark and Dexter-Huron Metropark, as well as other locations in Michigan and other states. Like all Macomb teams, the men’s cross country squad is called the Macomb Monarchs.
Macomb Monarchs also compete in women’s cross-country; men’s baseball; men's and women’s basketball; men’s and women’s track; women’s softball; and women’s volleyball.
All of Macomb’s athletic programs seek to provide educational and life-enriching experiences and instill the qualities of commitment, dedication and perseverance on and off the playing field. The Monarchs are members in good standing with the NJCAA, NJCAA Region XII and the Michigan Community College Athletic Association. For more information, visit this link.
Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu) is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and as the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.
Back Row: Assistant Coach Das Campbell, Leonard Jackson, Tim Szymanski, Jacob Wernet. Front Row: Scott Smith, John Worthington III. Not pictured: Head Coach Kim Renas