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Women's Cross Country Has 14th-Highest G.P.A. In Division III

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Feb. 23, 2003 – Springfield College junior Marisa Clapp (Charlton, Mass.) was named an Academic All-American, while the Pride was recognized as having the 14th-highest cumulative grade point average in Division III, announced today by the NCAA Division III Cross Country Coaches Association.

A sports management major, Clapp’s 3.97 was tied for the 12th-highest g.p.a. out of 131 women with at least a 3.50. She was also named a Second-Team Verizon Academic All-American last spring. A four-time cross country and track & field All-American, she most recently finished 18th at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship to earn her second-straight award. Individual awards are given to those who have attained a 3.50 or higher, while finishing in the top-25 percent of their regional championship.

As a team, the Pride compiled a 3.57 g.p.a. to tie NEWMAC-rival Wellesley College. SC finished sixth at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championship this past fall.

The SC men’s team finished 46th out of 65 teams with a 3.19 cumulative g.p.a.

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Head Coach Jim Pennington

Jim Pennington Jim Pennington enters his 29th season as head coach of the Springfield College women’s cross country and track and field teams in 2013. Under Pennington’s direction, the Pride has recorded seven top 20 finishes at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships, and seven top 15 finishes at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Read more.

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