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    Men's XC Named USTFCCCA All-Academic Team
    Senior Jannis Topfer earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors with a 3.78 GPA in Aerospace Engineering.

    Senior Jannis Topfer earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors with a 3.78 GPA in Aerospace Engineering.

    Feb. 26, 2013

    USTFCCCA All-Academic Release

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The Fighting Illini men's cross country team was honored as a U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic team for the 2012 season, receiving the honor for the sixth consecutive year.

    The Orange and Blue compiled a cumulative team GPA of 3.29 to earn the honor. Illinois led all Big Ten schools with two individuals along with Indiana and boasted the highest team GPA of the eight Big Ten schools on the list, just edging second-place Penn State (3.28).

    Additionally, senior's Hunter Mickow and Jannis Topfer received individual All-Academic honors. To qualify, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grad point average of 3.25 and have either earned USTFCCCA All-America status or finished in the NCAA region's top 15 (or top 10 percent) in 2012. Mickow had a 3.75 GPA in the masters program of Accountancy while Topfer collected a 3.78 GPA in the masters program of Aerospace Engineering.

    A total of 145 institutions represented 30 conferences that compose the group. The Big East had the most squads make the list with nine, but the Big Ten followed with eight.

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