Xavier Women's Track and Field Honored For Excellence in Classroom

2014 graduate Clare Fischer competes at the 2014 NCAA East Regional in Jacksonville, Fla.

2014 graduate Clare Fischer competes at the 2014 NCAA East Regional in Jacksonville, Fla.

July 23, 2014

CINCINNATI - Xavier's women's track and field team was named a 2014 All-Academic Team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Standout Clare Fischer, a 2014 Xavier graduate, was also honored as an All-Academic individual honoree, her second time receiving the honor.

In order to qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team award teams must earn a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 or higher for the semester. The Musketeers earned a spot among the 208 Division I teams honored by posting a 3.24 grade-point average for Spring 2014. If you combine the accomplishments of the cross country and track programs, this is third-straight semester, and the sixth time since 2000, that a Xavier's women's team has earned the honor. Xavier's men's team also earned the award during Spring and Fall 2013.

Fischer, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, earned her second All-Academic individual award of the 2013-14 school year by earning a 3.53 grade-point average in her final semester of studying business. To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25. In addition to academic achievement, honorees must also have finished the regular season for indoor track ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48, or must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds) during the outdoor season.

Fischer, who competed in the 10,000m in first round of the NCAA Championship in May, also earned the award for the Fall 2013 semester after she earned a time of 20:47 at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional for cross country. That time earned Fischer All-Region honors, as well as an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship. The feat made her the first Xavier cross country or track athlete to compete at the NCAA Finals.