Freshman Tova Magnusson
Feb. 14, 2014
NEW ORLEANS, La. (USTFCCCA/SMU) -- The SMU Cross Country team has been named as a Division I Scholar Team of the Year for the team's outstanding 3.32 grade point average (GPA) last fall. Freshman business administration major Tova Magnusson earned individual honors with a GPA of 3.68. The Mustangs were one of 217 Division I women’s programs that earned All-Academic Team honors while Magnusson was one of 129 student-athletes who earned All-Academic Individual honors.
To garner the honor of being named a Scholar Team of the Year, a program must have compiled a cumulative GPA or 3.00 or greater. Individual honorees must have compiled a cumulative GPA or 3.25 or greater and must have finished as an All-American or among the top 15 finishers (or 10 percent) in their regional meet.
“This a great honor for our team and an accolade that is well deserved,” head coach Cathy Casey said. “All our student-athletes really take their academics seriously so I am glad to see their hard work recognized.”
Along with having an outstanding fall semester in the classroom, Magnusson had an outstanding freshman season on the terrain for the Mustangs. In addition to winning this award, the freshman earned All-American Athletic Conference honors and was tabbed as an all-region runner.
Magnusson placed 231st (22:26.2) at the NCAA Championship meet (6K), 12th (20:49.7) at the South Central Region Championship (6K) and second (20:23.2) at the American Athletic Conference Championship. Magnusson paced SMU to a second place finish at the South Central Regional, advancing the Mustangs to the NCAA Championship meet as a team for the first time since 2009 and she led the Ponies to the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship and the Mustangs fifth conference title in six years.
In addition to Magnusson, SMU had six individuals earn All-AAC honors and three student-athletes earn all-region accolades.
“I am proud of the accomplishments our team made on the course and in the classroom this past season,” Casey said.