NEW ORLEANS – The Philadelphia University women's cross country team was recognized for its academic and athletic success by being tabbed as a United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) 2015 Division II Women's All-Academic Team.
Achieving the honor for the seventh consecutive year, Philadelphia had 3.581 cumulative grade point average and came in ninth in the NCAA Division II East Region Championship on Nov. 8. The Rams are one of 137 teams to earn the award this year.
In order to earn All-Academic Team status, a team must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and have five runners earn points at an NCAA Division II regional meet.
In addition to the team award, the Rams had six individuals named to the All-Academic Team for posting a 3.25 GPA and finish in the top 30 percent of runners at the NCAA Division II East Region Championship. Earning a place on the team were Emilie Barton (Sterling, Ill./Newman Central Catholic), Victoria Frisbie (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn), Alyssa Litty (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee), Erin Raup (Danville, Pa./Danville), Jessica Thies (Mohrsville, Pa./Schuylkill Valley), and Stephanie Watson (Newport, Vt./North Country Union).
Barton is a two-time honoree, while Frisbie, Litty, Raup, Thies, and Watson made the team for the first time.