Christopher Henry, named first-team All-American

AUSTIN, Texas ­­— Wyoming distance runner Christopher Henry has been named a track and field/cross-country first-team academic All-American, it was announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Henry, a native of Laramie, has a 4.0 GPA while double majoring in molecular biology and physiology.

Overall, it is the third academic All-America honor for Henry in a row, as he was named to the first-team last year and the third-team in 2018. Among this year’s 15 honorees on the men’s first-team, Henry is one of just two to earn three career academic All-America honors. Additionally, among the 93 men and women student-athletes that are part of the first-, second- or third-teams, Henry is one of just five to earn three career academic All-America honors. 

Henry is also only the second student-athlete at the University of Wyoming to earn three academic All-America honors, joining former Cowboy football player Pat Arndt, who earned the accolades in 1985-87.

This season, Henry represented the Cowboys at the NCAA Cross Country National Championships, where he placed 136th overall. At that meet, Henry earned his second-consecutive NCAA Elite 90 Award, for having the highest GPA and most completed credit hours at an NCAA Championship event. During the cross-country season, Henry was Wyoming’s top finisher at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships, earning all-region honors. He also earned all-Mountain West honors following a ninth-place finish at the conference meet. 

During the track and field season, Henry picked up all-conference honors in the 3,000-meter for the second-straight season, as he finished third in 8 minutes, 10.49 seconds. He also posted the fifth-best 5,000 meter time in program history at the conference championships when he crossed the finish line in 14 minutes, 15.75 seconds.

Of the 46 members of the academic All-America men’s track and field/cross-country team, there are 11 student-athletes, including Henry, who boast a perfect 4.0 GPA, and the 15 members of the first-team have an average GPA of 3.84.

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.