LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky men’s cross country team has received a public recognition award for its Academic Progress Rate score, the NCAA announced Wednesday.
UK received the award for placing in the top 10 percent of the nation’s Division I men’s cross country APR scores. The APR marks are a four-year composite, covering the 2005-06 through 2008-09 school years, that measures academic eligibility and retention of student-athletes.
“Our coaches, staff and student-athletes work very hard throughout the year to manage the important areas that determine their annual APR score,” UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “Having one of our teams recognized nationally is a tribute to the commitment our entire department has made to the academic success of our student-athletes.”
This is the second-consecutive year that a Kentucky team has received a national APR award, as the men’s basketball team earned the honor last year. UK’s APR score, along with the scores of every Division I team in all sports, will be released by the NCAA at a later date that has not been determined. Teams are subject to penalties, such as scholarship reductions or postseason restrictions, if the APR target score is not achieved.