Men's cross country, track and field receive academic recognition

Eric Speakman

June 5, 2013

Stony Brook, N.Y. – The Stony Brook men’s cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field programs have earned praise for their academic achievements by placing in the top 10 percent in NCAA Division I for multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR), the NCAA announced Wednesday.   

This marks the third consecutive year all three programs have received this distinction.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of all student-athletes on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team’s performance in the classroom. 

The men’s cross country and track and field teams have nabbed numerous team and individual honors for their academic achievements this year on national, regional and conference levels.  The cross country squad earned USTFCCCA All-Academic status in February, while sophomore standout Eric Speakman garnered individual All-Academic accolades. Speakman, a native of New Zealand, was also named the America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year in cross country and was selected to CoSIDA’s Academic All-District squad for cross country/track and field last week.

Successful athletically and academically, Speakman finished first at the America East Cross Country Championships to help lift the Seawolves to their first-ever men’s cross country conference crown this past fall. He went on to finish 20th in the NCAA Northeast Regionals on his way to being named to the USTFCCCA All-Region team for the second consecutive year.

SBU also grabbed its first conference title in the men’s long jump when Lamar Hayes won the event at the America East Indoor Track and Field Championships.