USTFCCCA Honors Bove, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams for Academics

by Aaron Hyder | Assistant Communications Director
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USTFCCCA Honors Bove, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams for Academics

Baton Rouge, La. – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced its academic awards for the 2019 cross country season on Thursday afternoon, and LSU freshman Davis Bove became the first male cross country runner to earn individual academic recognition from the USTFCCCA in program history. Both the women’s and men’s squads were recognized as a whole for their achievement in the classroom in the fall as well.

“Really proud of our group for getting it done in the classroom,” cross country head coach Houston Franks said. “It takes a tremendous amount of dedication to succeed in the classroom while also putting forth maximum effort at practices and events throughout the course of a semester.

“Davis did a tremendous job this fall balancing his hectic schedule. He had training with us, training with the swim program, and on top of all that, he excelled in the classroom. We’re excited to see the things he’ll accomplish during his time at LSU.”

Bove, a physics major, had an impressive freshman season on the cross country circuit as he scored in all five meets that he ran for the Tigers. In order to receive individual academic recognition from the USTFCCCA, individuals must have finished in the top 25 at their respective regionals (Bove finished 17th at the NCAA South Central Regional) and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Bove was one of 117 male athletes to earn the distinction for the 2019 season.

Teams that were recognized by the USTFCCCA had to maintain a squad GPA of 3.0 or higher. Both LSU women’s and men’s cross country team earned that distinction. The women’s squad had a 3.29 GPA while the men’s group checked in with a 3.10 GPA.