TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Harvard junior Anna Juul received the NCAA's prestigious Elite 90 Award for women's cross country, as announced by the NCAA Saturday. Juul, a comparative studies in religion major, carries a perfect 4.00 grade point average across 60 credit hours of semester work. The West Chester, Pa. native was presented the award at the NCAA Championships award ceremony after finishing in 94th place with a time of 21:13.2. Christopher Henry from Wyoming received the men's award.
Juul is just third athlete in Harvard history to receive the award, following fencer Noam Mills who was awarded the honor in 2011 and Thomas Aiken, a former Crimson men's ice hockey player, who was named to the Elite 90 in 2017.
"It's truly an honor to receive this award. I'm very thankful that the Harvard faculty are so accomodating of atheltics and without the support from both my proffessors and coaches, I wouldn't be at the NCAA Championships" said Juul.
Per the NCAA, "The Elite 90, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships. Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed."