MANCHESTER, N.H. – SeniorTyler McLaren (Pepperrell, Mass.) of the Southern New Hampshire University men's cross country team was named to the 2017-18 Google Cloud Division II Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Academic All-District Team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) this week. McLaren was named to the NCAA Division II District 1 Team.
The Google Cloud Academic All-District Track & Field/Cross Country Teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore in academic standing and possess a 3.30 cumulative GPA. NCAA Division II Academic All-District honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America Team ballot, where the first, second and third team All-America honorees will be selected later in June.
McLaren, who recently completed his undergraduate degree in international business with a 3.85 GPA, was one of the top cross country student-athletes in the country. He won both the Vermont Tech Invitational and the Bruce Kirsch Cup, while finishing runner-up at the New England Championship, Northeast-10 Conference Championship and NCAA East Regional. The two-time NE10 Athlete of the Week, who garnered NE10 All-Conference First Team and United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association All-Region honors, became the second runner in program history to qualify for the NCAA National Championship, where he turned in the highest finish at the meet for a Penmen, placing 43rd out of 249 runners in a time of 32:02.8. McLaren topped the previous SNHU best by 32 spots, while finishing just three spots shy of attaining All-America status.
Off the course, McLaren was named the NE10 Men's Cross Country Sport Excellence Award winner, which is given annually to the top Academic All-Conference selection in a respective sport. He was tabbed an NE10 Academic All-Conference selection for the third consecutive year, and was also named the SNHU Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
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