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This past fall, Mike Murphy and Nico Composto were key members of Columbia's first men's cross country team to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics

Murphy, Composto Earn USTFCCCA Division I All-Academic Cross Country Honors

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 02/10/2012
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NEW ORLEANS - Columbia junior Mike Murphy and sophomore Nico Composto have earned USTFCCCA 2011 Division I All-Academic Cross Country honors, as announced by the USTFCCCA on Friday.

A total of 58 student-athletes from 36 schools received All-Academic honors. Columbia was one of 14 schools to have multiple honorees and the only Ivy League team to with more than one.

This past fall, Murphy and Composto were key members of Columbia's first men's cross country team to qualify for the NCAA Championships. In the NCAA Championship race, Murphy took 125th with a time of 30:59.2 and Composto finished 174th, clocking in at 31:27.4. At the NCAA Northeast Regional, Murphy led the Lions with a 14th-place finish in a time of 31.40.9 and Composto took 21st with a time of 31:56.4 and both earned USTFCCCA All-Region honors.  Murphy and Composto were also named to the All-Ivy League second team after they finished eighth and ninth, respectively.

To qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, the student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have earned USTFCCCA All-America status or finished in the NCAA region's top 15 (or top 10 percent) in 2011.

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