Nebraska, South Carolina Named 2009 Division I Men’s Track and Field Scholar Teams of the Year

By Keith Nunez, USTFCCCA

July 16, 2009   

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Thursday that the University of Nebraska and the University of South Carolina were selected as the 2009 Indoor Track and Field and Outdoor Track and Field Scholar Teams of the Year, respectively.

Nebraska, the 2009 Division I Men’s Indoor Track and Field Scholar Team of the Year, concluded 2009 indoor campaign with a fifth place finish at the Division I Indoor Track and Field National Championships. The fifth-place finish at the indoor championships for the Cornhuskers tied a program-best at the championship meet, and the school’s highest finish since 1996. Nebraska also finished second at the Big 12 Conference Indoor Championships

The Cornhuskers maintain a team cumulative GPA of 3.074. Seven other programs with a top-25 finish at indoor nationals earned All-Academic Team honors for their academic and athletic achievements this season.

Nebraska

South Carolina, the 2009 Division I Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Scholar Team of the Year, earned the Outdoor Scholar Team of the Year distinction by virtue of a sixth-place finish at the outdoor national championships and maintaining a team cumulative GPA of 3.090. The sixth-place finish for the Gamecocks was the program’s best effort at the outdoor national championships. Prior to the national meet, South Carolina finished second overall at the East Regional Outdoor Championships and fourth overall at the SEC Outdoor Championships.

Joining South Carolina on the All-Academic Teams list are seven other schools that finished in the top-25 at the outdoor championships.

South Carolina

DIVISION I ALL-ACADEMIC TRACK AND FIELD TEAMS

In addition to the Indoor and Outdoor Scholar Teams of the Year, the USTFCCCA also announced the men’s 2009 Division I All-Academic Track and Field Teams. A total of 68 Division I programs were recognized as men’s 2009 All-Academic Teams.

DePaul University led all institutions with a 3.419 team cumulative GPA, followed by Brown University with a 3.390 team cumulative GPA, and Yale University with a 3.370 team cumulative GPA.

The Ivy League led all conferences again this year with six teams selected as All-Academic Teams for 2009 – Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, and Yale. The Big 12 Conference followed with five teams selected to the list. The Colonial Athletic Association and the Southern Conference each had four teams selected as All-Academic Track and Field Teams.

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 I 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 I Men’s All-Academic Track and Field Teams:

School
GPA
DePaul University
3.419
Brown University
3.390
Yale University
3.370
Butler University
3.347
Harvard University
3.294
University of San Francisco
3.262
Lafayette College
3.260
Lipscomb University
3.230
Loyola University Chicago
3.229
Dartmouth College
3.220
University of Tulsa
3.212
Saint Louis University
3.211
University of Portland
3.210
Weber State University
3.210
University of Vermont
3.208
Stanford University
3.203
Rice University
3.190
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
3.189
Duke University
3.184
Samford University
3.180
University of Richmond
3.170
Columbia University
3.165
Drake University
3.150
Iowa State University
3.150
Utah State University
3.141
University of Detroit Mercy
3.140
Brigham Young University
3.130
Bucknell University
3.130
North Dakota State University
3.130
Kansas State University
3.125
Rider University
3.124
University of Missouri, Columbia
3.123
Georgia State University
3.120
Montana State University – Bozeman
3.120
Idaho State University
3.117
Purdue University
3.110
Quinnipiac University
3.110
Sacred Heart University
3.099
University of North Dakota
3.098
Wake Forest University
3.096
Oklahoma State University
3.094
University of South Carolina, Columbia
3.090
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
3.086
Central Michigan University
3.081
Wofford College
3.080
Boise State University
3.078
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
3.074
University of Louisville
3.070
South Dakota State University
3.063
University of Idaho
3.060
High Point University
3.052
College of William and Mary
3.050
Lehigh University
3.050
Coppin State University
3.045
University of Cincinnati
3.042
Miami University (Ohio)
3.040
Indiana State University
3.032
Rutgers University, New Brunswick
3.030
Stony Brook University
3.030
University of California, Riverside
3.030
University of North Carolina, Wilmington
3.020
Northeastern University
3.012
Cornell University
3.010
Pennsylvania State University
3.010
University of Maine, Orono
3.010
Davidson College
3.000
Loyola Marymount University
3.000
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
3.000