Arizona State Named 2008 DI Women’s Track and Field Scholar Team of the Year

Arizona State is the 2008 USTFCCCA Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Scholar Team of the Year. Photo by Kirby Lee/Image of Sport

NEW ORLEANS – The awards just keep coming for the Arizona State women’s track and field team. The Sun Devils will have to find room in their trophy case for another award as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) named Arizona State the 2008 Division I Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Scholar Team of the Year on Tuesday.

The Sun Devils won the NCAA Division I Indoor team championship in March, scoring 51 points to defend their 2007 team title. The win was the third NCAA Championship in a row for the ASU women’s track team, as they also won the 2007 NCAA Division I Indoor and Outdoor Championships.

The Sun Devils then set their sights on defending their outdoor title. Strong performances in the throwing events on the last day of the competition put ASU within reach of the title, but the thrilling team championship race came down to the last competition, the 4×400-meter relay. Arizona State put up a strong effort in the relay but fell just short of LSU, finishing second overall with 63 points.

Arizona State has a team cumulative grade-point average of 3.270. West Virginia University had the highest overall team GPA (3.580), followed closely by Lipscomb University (3.540), and Utah State University (3.500). Including Arizona State, 15 schools on the list finished in the top 25 at the Division I Indoor Championships, and 14 schools finished in the top 25 at the Division I Outdoor Championships.

121 Division I women’s track and field programs were recognized as 2008 USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Teams. The Big 12 Conference, the Big East Conference, and the Big Ten Conference led all conferences with eight member schools each on the All-Academic team list.

The selection of the All-Academic Indoor and Outdoor Scholar Teams of the Year award is based on a combination of academic and athletic achievements, with the top honor going to the team that had the combination of best overall finish at the Division I Indoor and/or Outdoor National Championships and cumulative GPA.

To be nominated, the team must carry a minimum 3.000 team cumulative grade-point average.

The 2008 USTFCCCA Division I Women’s All-Academic Track and Field Teams

Institution Grade Point Average
West Virginia University 3.580
Lipscomb University 3.540
Utah State University 3.500
Montana State University – Bozeman 3.490
Butler University 3.486
Quinnipiac University 3.450
University of Portland 3.447
Harvard University 3.444
Dartmouth College 3.430
North Dakota State University 3.430
Bradley University 3.426
Loyola College (Maryland) 3.416
Stanford University 3.415
Syracuse University 3.402
University of Nebraska, Lincoln 3.386
Yale University 3.380
Southeast Missouri State University 3.379
Stony Brook University 3.379
South Dakota State University 3.378
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 3.372
Loyola Marymount University 3.370
University of Arkansas, Little Rock 3.370
University of Dayton 3.362
Missouri State University 3.356
Iona College 3.350
Gardner-Webb University 3.346
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 3.344
Ohio University 3.332
Weber State University 3.330
Villanova University 3.321
Brigham Young University 3.320
Eastern Washington University 3.320
Coastal Carolina University 3.319
Manhattan College 3.310
Oregon State University 3.310
University of Montana 3.310
Washington State University 3.310
Southern Utah University 3.309
University of Colorado, Boulder 3.308
Iowa State University 3.300
Towson University 3.299
University of Vermont 3.295
La Salle University 3.290
Indiana University, Bloomington 3.288
College of Charleston (South Carolina) 3.281
University of Illinois, Champaign 3.280
University of Pennsylvania 3.280
University of Notre Dame 3.274
Idaho State University 3.271
Arizona State University 3.270
Cornell University 3.270
Lehigh University 3.270
University of San Francisco 3.269
Illinois State University 3.260
Rice University 3.256
Bowling Green State University 3.254
Marquette University 3.254
Monmouth University 3.250
Oral Roberts University 3.250
Pennsylvania State University 3.250
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale 3.250
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University 3.250
Miami University (Ohio) 3.240
University of Missouri, Columbia 3.240
University of South Florida 3.230
University of Wisconsin, Madison 3.226
University of Delaware 3.222
Bucknell University 3.220
University at Buffalo 3.220
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville 3.220
University of Cincinnati 3.216
Columbia University 3.213
Kansas State University 3.210
Davidson College 3.200
Oklahoma State University 3.200
University of Oklahoma 3.200
University of Washington 3.200
University of South Carolina, Columbia 3.197
University of Idaho 3.190
Duke University 3.185
Purdue University 3.180
University of Akron 3.180
University of New Hampshire 3.180
University of Hawaii, Manoa 3.176
Sacred Heart University 3.172
University of Detroit Mercy 3.170
Wichita State University 3.170
Colorado State University 3.168
Northeastern University 3.164
University of Iowa 3.153
Georgia Institute of Technology 3.150
Texas Tech University 3.130
Michigan State University 3.129
Central Michigan University 3.123
High Point University 3.123
Rider University 3.116
Long Beach State University 3.110
Middle Tennessee State University 3.110
University of California, Santa Barbara 3.110
University of Nevada 3.110
University of Virginia 3.110
Boise State University 3.100
Portland State University 3.100
University of Central Arkansas 3.100
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa 3.090
Austin Peay State University 3.089
University of Maryland, College Park 3.078
St. John’s University (New York) 3.070
Southern Methodist University 3.070
University of Missouri, Kansas City 3.069
Liberty University 3.066
Jacksonville University 3.060
University of Tennessee, Knoxville 3.060
University of Northern Iowa 3.050
California State University, Sacramento 3.049
University of Arizona 3.031
Georgia State University 3.030
University of Georgia 3.010
University of Richmond 3.010
Eastern Kentucky University 3.007
Indiana State University 3.000