Stanford, Washington Tabbed as 2008 Division I Men’s Track and Field Scholar Teams of the Year
By Keith Nunez, USTFCCCA
August 7, 2008
NEW ORLEANS – Stanford University and the University of Washington earned a 2008 post-season honor on Wednesday as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Tuesday the men’s 2008 Division I Indoor and Outdoor Scholar Teams of the Year.
Stanford earned the 2008 Indoor Scholar Team of the Year award after finishing seventh in the men’s team championship standings at the 2008 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships in March. In the classroom, Stanford also had a strong season, finishing the year with a 3.160 team cumulative GPA.
In addition to Indoor Track and Field Scholar Team of the Year Stanford, three other teams with top-25 national finishes at the 2008 Division I Indoor Championships earned All-Academic Team honors for their academic and athletic performance. These three teams were the University of Washington, the University of Nebraska, and the University of Idaho.
Washington capped a strong outdoor campaign with the honor of being named the 2008 Division I Outdoor Scholar Team of the Year. The Huskies finished 16th at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in June, finishing with 19.33 points, the most Washington has scored at an outdoor meet since 1983. Washington matched their athletic success with success in the classroom, maintaining a team cumulative GPA of 3.080.
Washington led a total of four teams with top-25 finishes at the 2008 NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships on the All-Academic Team list. The University of Idaho, Virginia Tech, and Cornell University were the other three top-25 teams to earn All-Academic honors.
DIVISION I ALL-ACADEMIC TRACK AND FIELD TEAMS
In addition to the Scholar Teams of the Year, the USTFCCCA also announced the men’s 2008 Division I All-Academic Track and Field Teams. A total of 48 Division I programs made up the men’s 2008 All-Academic Teams.
Lipscomb University and Yale University led all institutions with 3.320 team cumulative GPAs, followed by Dartmouth College with a 3.280 team GPA. Weber State achieved the fourth-highest team GPA with 3.260.
The Big 12 Conference and the Ivy League led all conferences with five teams selected as All-Academic Teams for 2008, followed by the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big East Conference, the Big Sky Conference, the Summit League, and the Western Athletic Conference with three team selections each.
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 Men’s All-Academic Track and Field Teams
|Institution||Grade Point Average|
|Weber State University||3.260|
|University of Notre Dame||3.225|
|University of Portland||3.212|
|University of Arkansas, Little Rock||3.160|
|Iowa State University||3.150|
|Loyola Marymount University||3.150|
|University of Detroit Mercy||3.140|
|University of Richmond||3.140|
|Utah State University||3.140|
|University of Missouri, Kansas City||3.136|
|South Dakota State University||3.131|
|Kansas State University||3.130|
|North Dakota State University||3.120|
|University of Vermont||3.118|
|Idaho State University||3.103|
|University of Minnesota, Twin Cities||3.100|
|Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University||3.090|
|Oklahoma State University||3.086|
|Montana State University – Bozeman||3.080|
|University of Washington||3.080|
|Sacred Heart University||3.076|
|Brigham Young University||3.070|
|University of Missouri, Columbia||3.060|
|North Carolina State University||3.060|
|Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick||3.031|
|Boise State University||3.020|
|University of Nebraska, Lincoln||3.019|
|University of Idaho||3.010|
|High Point University||3.002|
|University of Tennessee at Chattanooga||3.000|