Tennessee, Arizona State Tabbed as 2009 Division I Women’s Track and Field Scholar Teams of the Year

By Keith Nunez, USTFCCCA

July 15, 2009   

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

Tennessee, the 2009 Division I Women’s Indoor Track and Field Scholar Team of the Year, capped a terrific indoor campaign in which the Lady Vols clinched the indoor national championship with two events remaining, to win its second NCAA Indoor title in the past five seasons (2005, and 2009) and third overall indoor national title. Prior to the NCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships, the Lady Vols captured the SEC Indoor Track and Field title, winning the event for the third time in the last five years (2005, 2007, and 2009).

In addition to the Indoor Track and Field Scholar Team of the Year Tennessee, which maintained a 3.230 team cumulative GPA, 13 other programs with top-25 national finishes at the 2009 Division I Indoor Championships earned All-Academic Team honors for their academic and athletic achievements this season.

Arizona State, the 2009 Division I Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Scholar Team of the Year, finished the 2009 track and field season with a third place showing at the Division I Outdoor Championships in June. The top-4 trophy finish marked the seventh time in the past eight NCAA track & field meets that ASU has walked away with a trophy. ASU finished third at the Pac-10 Championships and won the West Regional Championship for the second straight season.

The Sun Devils, last year’s Indoor and Outdoor Scholar Team of the Year, maintained a 3.287 team cumulative GPA and are joined by 13 other schools that finished in the top-25 at the outdoor championships on the All-Academic Team list.

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 women’s 2009 Division I All-Academic Track and Field Teams. A total of 131 Division I programs were recognized as women’s 2009 All-Academic Teams.

The University of Tennessee Chattanooga led all institutions with a 3.550 team cumulative GPA, followed by Butler University with a 3.547 team GPA.

The Big East led all conferences with ten teams selected as All-Academic Teams for 2009 – DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Rutgers, St. John’s, Cincinnati, Louisville, South Florida, Villanova, and West Virginia. The Big 12 Conference was a close second with eight teams selected to the list. The Atlantic Coast Conference and the Mid-American Conference each had seven 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 Women’s All-Academic Track and Field Teams:

School
GPA
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
3.550
Butler University
3.547
Lipscomb University
3.500
Utah State University
3.471
Yale University
3.470
University of Tulsa
3.467
Brown University
3.460
Oregon State University
3.460
University of Portland
3.458
North Dakota State University
3.450
Bradley University
3.445
University of North Dakota
3.440
Indiana State University
3.436
Villanova University
3.433
University of New Mexico
3.420
Harvard University
3.417
Towson University
3.416
South Dakota State University
3.411
DePaul University
3.408
Ohio University
3.402
Stanford University
3.400
Weber State University
3.390
Drake University
3.390
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
3.386
Georgetown University
3.386
West Virginia University
3.380
Iona College
3.380
Wofford College
3.380
High Point University
3.361
Stony Brook University
3.360
University of Dayton
3.353
Montana State University – Bozeman
3.350
Miami University (Ohio)
3.350
Loyola University Chicago
3.349
Saint Louis University
3.332
University of Vermont
3.331
Bowling Green State University
3.330
Kansas State University
3.328
University of South Dakota
3.326
Gardner-Webb University
3.325
Idaho State University
3.319
Elon University
3.318
Southern Methodist University
3.312
University of Delaware
3.311
Bucknell University
3.310
Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne
3.309
Virginia Tech
3.300
University of Montana
3.300
Duke University
3.296
Central Michigan University
3.294
Dartmouth College
3.290
University of South Carolina, Columbia
3.290
Arizona State University
3.287
University of Idaho
3.280
La Salle University
3.270
Iowa State University
3.270
Lafayette College
3.270
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
3.270
Southeast Missouri State University
3.267
Washington State University
3.260
Loyola Marymount University
3.260
East Tennessee State University
3.255
St. John’s University (New York)
3.250
University of Wisconsin, Madison
3.250
University of Detroit Mercy
3.250
Brigham Young University
3.250
Lehigh University
3.250
Northeastern University
3.249
University of Maine, Orono
3.240
Rice University
3.237
University of Iowa
3.235
Colorado State University
3.233
University of Missouri, Columbia
3.230
Marquette University
3.230
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
3.230
University of Louisville
3.226
University of Akron
3.224
Baylor University
3.220
Rutgers University, New Brunswick
3.220
University of South Florida
3.210
Pennsylvania State University
3.210
Cornell University
3.210
University of Utah
3.209
University of Illinois, Champaign
3.205
College of William and Mary
3.200
Eastern Washington University
3.190
Purdue University
3.190
Columbia University
3.189
Texas Tech University
3.185
Oral Roberts University
3.180
Jacksonville University
3.177
University of Cincinnati
3.173
Sacred Heart University
3.171
Troy University
3.164
Georgia Institute of Technology
3.160
Monmouth University
3.160
Coastal Carolina University
3.158
University of Nevada
3.157
University of Michigan
3.150
University of Colorado, Boulder
3.144
University of Wyoming
3.143
Wake Forest University
3.139
Georgia State University
3.130
University of Washington
3.130
University of Rhode Island
3.120
University of Richmond
3.120
Illinois State University
3.120
Tulane University
3.109
Stephen F. Austin State University
3.109
University of Maryland, College Park
3.100
Western Michigan University
3.100
Missouri State University
3.100
Quinnipiac University
3.100
Morehead State University
3.100
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
3.095
University of Texas, Pan American
3.087
Oklahoma State University
3.082
Long Beach State University
3.080
Samford University
3.080
Rider University
3.075
Texas Christian University
3.072
College of Charleston (South Carolina)
3.070
University of Hawaii, Manoa
3.060
University of Miami (Florida)
3.058
University of San Francisco
3.050
University of Virginia
3.045
University at Buffalo
3.044
University of North Carolina, Wilmington
3.040
Austin Peay State University
3.037
University of North Texas
3.012
University of Central Arkansas
3.010