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MEN'S BASKETBALL, MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY AND WOMEN'S GOLF EARN APR PUBLIC RECOGNITION AWARDS

MEN'S BASKETBALL, MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY AND WOMEN'S GOLF EARN APR PUBLIC RECOGNITION AWARDS

INDIANAPOLIS — Sacramento State's men's basketball, men's cross country and women's golf programs each received NCAA Public Recognition Awards for having Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores that rank among the top 10 percent nationally in their respective sports for the four-year period ending in 2017-18. This year marked the second consecutive season that all three teams earned the award.

The Hornet men's cross country team earned the award for the eighth consecutive year and the ninth time overall. For men's basketball, it marked the third straight year the program earned the Public Recognition Award, and women's golf earned it for the second time.

In men's basketball, Sacramento State and Stanford are now the only two schools in California to ever receive the NCAA Public Recognition Award three times. In addition, Sacramento State is one of just two Big Sky Conference schools to ever receive the Public Recognition Award in men's basketball, and the Hornets have done it three times. Sacramento State is also one of just 18 of the 351 Div. I men's basketball programs to earn the award in the last three years.

"To have each of the these teams recognized multiple years in a row is an outstanding achievement," Sacramento State Director of Athletics Mark Orr said. "To be able to finish among the top 10 percent of all Div. I teams requires dedication and the ability of our student-athletes to balance their academic workload with their busy athletic schedules."

Sacramento State has now seen 25 teams honored by the NCAA since the start of the APR in 2004-05. At least one Hornet squad has received a Public Recognition Award each of the last 12 years.

The NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I sports team through its APR, which provides an annual scorecard of academic achievement. The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship.

The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance. The current multiyear rates are based on the 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years.

Today's announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports.