ELMHURST, Ill. - Three Summit League programs were honored by the NCAA with the Public Recognition Award last month. The IPFW men's cross country team and volleyball team, along with South Dakota State's men's golf squad received the honor.
The Mastodon men's cross country team finished in ninth place at The Summit League Championships last fall, while the volleyball squad finished in third place in the league standings with a 12-4 mark and had an overall record of 20-12. The Dons fell to South Dakota State in the league championship match.
The Jackrabbit men's golf team placed fifth at The Summit League Championships in April as three members of the squad finished in the top 15.
"I would like to congratulate these student-athletes, along with their head coaches upon receiving this prestigious honor from the NCAA," Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple said. "This is one of the highest honors awarded by the NCAA each year and it speaks volumes to the academic commitment of these three programs."
The NCAA Public Recognition Award is provided to those teams that have an NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sport.