Laramie native and University of Wyoming distance runner Chris Henry received his second consecutive first-team academic All-America honor on Thursday.

Henry was named to the track & field/cross country first-team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

He carries a 4.0 GPA with a double major in molecular biology and physiology.

This is the third academic All-America honor for Henry. He was third-team in 2018 and first-team last year. Henry is just the second student-athlete in UW history to receive three academic All-American honors. He joins former football player Pat Arndt, who earned the same accolades from 1985-87.

During the cross country season, Henry earned his second NCAA Elite 90 award at the NCAA Championships for having the highest GPA and completed the most credit hours. In the race, he placed 136th. Henry also Wyoming’s top finisher and earned all-region honors at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships, as well as, All-Mountain West honors after placing ninth at the conference championships.

Henry also was all-conference in the MW during the indoor track season. He garnered that honor for a second straight season with a third-place finish in the 3,000-meters.

The Academic All-America program recognizes student-athletes for their outstanding combination of academic and athletic success. Nominees must be sophomores or above with a GPA of 3.3 or higher. The teams are voted on by sports information directors around the nation.

Out of the 46 members of the academic All-America men’s track & field/cross country team, there are 11 student-athletes, including Henry, who boasts a perfect 4.0 GPA. Fifteen members of the first-team have an average GPA of 3.84.

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