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.


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
Lipscomb University 3.320
Yale University 3.320
Dartmouth College 3.280
Weber State University 3.260
Butler University 3.250
Harvard University 3.233
Duke University 3.227
University of Notre Dame 3.225
University of Portland 3.212
Wofford College 3.190
University of Arkansas, Little Rock 3.160
Stanford University 3.160
Columbia University 3.155
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
Rice University 3.113
Bucknell University 3.110
Idaho State University 3.103
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 3.100
Quinnipiac University 3.090
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
Rider University 3.063
Cornell University 3.060
Iona College 3.060
Lehigh University 3.060
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
Gardner-Webb University 3.009
Syracuse University 3.003
High Point University 3.002
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 3.000