NEW ORLEANS, La. — The Southern Virginia University men's and women's track & field teams made program history after being named for the first time to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National All-Academic Teams. Individually, freshman, Murray Bingham also received USTFCCCA All-Academic honors.
On the men's side, 150 different institutions were represented for their excellence in the classroom. Washington (Mo.) led all programs with a cumulative GPA of 3.72.
For the women's teams, there were overall, 209 different programs to receive recognition, while Middlebury held the best cumulative GPA at 3.84.
Criteria for a team to receive the honor included a cumulative team GPA of all student-athletes who used a season of eligibility and, as a team, average at least a 3.1 GPA.
Freshman phenom Bingham concludes his first season with the Knights with the program's first individual USTFCCCA National All-Academic Track & Field Team.
The Sequim, Washington, native punched the program's first ticket to the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships after running a program-record 1:53.62 in the 800-meter run at the South Region Final Qualifier, placing Bingham 13th in Division III. In addition to setting the 800-meter program record, Bingham set one more individual program-record in the mile run (4:21.76) and was a member of three program-record setting relay teams in the 4x400 relay (3:29.11), 4x800 relay (8:12.41), and distance medley relay (10:32.13).
At the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Championships, Bingham was named the program's first (CAC) Indoor Track & Field Rookie of the Year after winning the 800 meter run at the CAC Championships, setting then a new program record and also a new meet record with a blistering time of 1:53.90. His performance earned him All-CAC First Team honors. He also played a vital role in the distance medley team's victory at the CAC Championships with a winning time of 10:32.13 while setting a new program record.
Bingham garnishes national, regional, and statewide recognition after receiving NCAA All-American in the 800, and USTFCCCA Indoor South/Southeast All-Region honors in the 800-meter run, mile run, and the distance medley relay. He also was named Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) Indoor Rookie of the Year and All-State First Team.
Full 2020 USTFCCCA Track & Field Academic Awards here.