LARAMIE – University of Wyoming distance runner and Laramie High graduate Christopher Henry was named First Team Google Cloud Academic All-District for men’s cross-country/track & field Tuesday by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America. He will now be considered for the 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-America first, second or third team, which will be selected in June.
This is the second year in a row Henry has received this honor, and last season he was added to the Academic All-America third team.
Henry owns a 4.0 grade point average in molecular biology and physiology, and has earned three Academic All-Mountain West and Mountain West Scholar-Athlete honors each between his cross-country and track & field campaigns.
Henry helped guide the UW cross country-team back to the NCAA Championship meet for the first time since 1986. He was the team’s second finisher in all six races, and he earned the NCAA Elite 90 Award for having the highest grade point average and most completed credits among all competitors at the national meet. He also earned All-Region and All-MW honors during the season.
During the indoor track & field season, Henry set the 3,000-meter school record with a time of 8 minutes, 5.88 seconds, and recorded the fourth-fastest 5,000-meter time in school history (14:17.99). He earned All-MW honors by finishing in the top three of both the 3,000 and the 5,000 at the MW Championships.
During the outdoor season, Henry ran the eighth-fastest 10,000-meter time (29:24.74), and the ninth-fastest 5,000-meter time (14:09.10). He earned All-MW honors in the 10,000-meter race at the league championships, and just wrapped up his second-consecutive NCAA West Preliminary appearance in the 10,000.
In order to qualify for Google Cloud Academic All-America honors, an athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.30 on a four-point scale, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his or her institution, and be nominated by his or her sports information director.