Lincoln Blue Tigers Honored as 2009 Division II Women’s Track and Field Scholar Team of the Year

By Shannon Wright, USTFCCCA

July 8, 2009   

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Wednesday that Lincoln University of Missouri was chosen as the 2009 Indoor Track and Field Scholar Team of the Year and the 2009 Outdoor Track and Field Scholar Team of the Year.

Lincoln swept the NCAA Division II women’s indoor and outdoor track and field team championships this year. At the 2009 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships in March, the Blue Tigers scored a total of 100.50 points to win the team competition. It was a dominant team effort, as the Blue Tigers’ point total more than doubled the score of the second-place team finisher. The title is Lincoln’s third women’s team title in indoor track and field.

Lincoln completed their track and field sweep with the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and field women’s team title in May. This time, the Blue Tigers won a tight team battle over host Angelo State University by a margin of three points. The title marked Lincoln’s sixth women’s outdoor track and field team title in school history.

Lincoln’s women have been equally successful in the classroom, as they boast a 3.132 team cumulative GPA.

Joining Lincoln on the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team list were 16 other Division II programs that finished in the top 25 at the Division II Indoor National meet and 12 other teams that finished in the top 25 at the 2009 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

DIVISION II ALL-ACADEMIC TRACK AND FIELD TEAMS

In addition to the Indoor and Outdoor Scholar Team of the Year, the USTFCCCA also announced the women’s 2009 Division II All-Academic Track and Field Teams. A total of 65 Division II women’s track and field programs were recognized as 2009 USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Teams.

Northern Kentucky University recorded the highest overall team GPA with a 3.678, followed by Pittsburg State which carried a 3.665 team GPA. Slippery Rock recorded the third-highest cumulative GPA with a 3.550 team average.

For the second year in a row, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) landed the highest number of member schools on the list. Eleven of those 64 schools came from the PSAC – California University, Clarion University, Edinboro University, Indiana University, Kutztown University, Lock Haven University, Mansfield University, Millersville University, Shippensburg University, Slippery Rock University, and West Chester University. The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, which tied for the highest number of schools on the list last year, had 10 schools achieve All-Academic team honors this year.

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 respective Division II Indoor or Outdoor National Championships and cumulative GPA.

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

2009 USTFCCCA Division II Women’s All-Academic Track and Field Teams:

Name Institution
Northern Kentucky University 3.678
Pittsburg State University 3.665
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania 3.550
Northern State University 3.488
Drury University 3.458
Truman State University 3.450
Southwest Baptist University 3.441
The University of Findlay 3.440
Seattle Pacific University 3.437
Michigan Technological University 3.430
Missouri Southern State University 3.423
Northwest Nazarene University 3.420
Minnesota State University Moorhead 3.415
Bemidji State University 3.410
University of Southern Indiana 3.402
Stonehill College 3.39
Wayne State College (Nebraska) 3.390
California University of Pennsylvania 3.387
Adelphi University 3.384
Western State College of Colorado 3.370
Anderson University (South Carolina) 3.360
Bellarmine University 3.350
Clarion University of Pennsylvania 3.340
Saginaw Valley State University 3.327
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania 3.320
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania 3.310
Northwood University (Michigan) 3.300
Missouri University of Science and Technology 3.280
Augustana College (South Dakota) 3.276
Ashland University 3.270
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania 3.270
Lake Superior State University 3.270
Minnesota State University, Mankato 3.260
Winona State University 3.260
Fort Hays State University 3.240
Grand Valley State University 3.237
University of Nebraska at Kearney 3.234
Northern Michigan University 3.230
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania 3.230
Hillsdale College 3.225
Millersville University of Pennsylvania 3.210
West Chester University of Pennsylvania 3.203
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania 3.200
Montana State University-Billings 3.190
University of Minnesota Duluth 3.189
Abilene Christian University 3.180
University of New Haven 3.180
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs 3.178
Seton Hill University 3.170
University of Alaska Anchorage 3.160
Tiffin University 3.158
Central Washington University 3.157
Lincoln University of Missouri 3.132
Indiana University of Pennsylvania 3.130
University of the Incarnate Word 3.125
Colorado School of Mines 3.116
University of California, San Diego 3.114
University of Massachusetts at Lowell 3.112
San Francisco State University 3.110
Lewis University 3.100
St. Martin’s University 3.100
Chadron State College 3.090
Western Oregon University 3.086
Concordia University, St. Paul 3.080
Adams State College 3.065