NCAA releases APR report

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The NCAA released its Academic Progress Rate report on Wednesday, showing that all 22 of the University of Kentucky sports teams surpassed the NCAA target score and that 13 of the 22 squads exceeded or tied the national average for public universities in their sports.

The men’s cross country team led the way with a perfect 1,000 points, followed by gymnastics (995), women’s soccer (983), softball (979), baseball (979) and women’s outdoor track (977). The marks are a four-year composite, covering the 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 school years, that measures academic eligibility and retention of student-athletes. The NCAA target score for each sport is 925.

The 13 Wildcat teams that exceeded or tied the national average among public universities in their sports included the six sports listed above, along with men’s basketball (954), women’s basketball (972), football (951), women’s tennis (975), men’s indoor track (960), women’s indoor track (970) and men’s outdoor track (965).

Additional highlights from the report include:

· UK’s lowest team score this year was 940, meaning that every Wildcat squad tallied at least 15 points above the NCAA benchmark.

· In May, UK’s men’s cross country team received a public recognition award from the NCAA for finishing among the top 10 percent in its sport.

· Seven teams notched a perfect 1,000 score for the 2008-09 school year – baseball, men’s cross country, men’s golf, women’s golf, gymnastics, men’s swimming and women’s tennis.

“I’m very pleased with our overall evaluation,” said Mitch Barnhart, UK Director of Athletics. “Our coaches and support personnel are doing a good job adjusting to the requirements of the APR and we will continue to work toward more success. Most of all, our student-athletes should be commended for their efforts in striving for outstanding performance in the classroom.”

With each team exceeding the NCAA target score, no Wildcat squads are subject to penalties, such as scholarship reductions or postseason restrictions. None of UK’s 22 teams have incurred a penalty during the six-year history of the APR.

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