Wartburg College Selected as 2009 Division III Women’s Track and Field Scholar Team of the Year
By Shannon Wright, USTFCCCA
July 9, 2009
NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Thursday that Wartburg College was selected as the 2009 Indoor Track and Field Scholar Team of the Year and as the 2009 Outdoor Track and Field Scholar Team of the Year.
Wartburg swept the women’s indoor and outdoor track and field team championships this year. At the 2009 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in March, the Knights scored a total of 51 points to win the team competition. The title was the first women’s indoor track & field team title in school history.
In addition to Indoor Track and Field Scholar Team of the Year Wartburg, 15 other teams with top-25 national finishes at the 2009 Division III Indoor Championships earned All-Academic Team honors for their academic and athletic performance.
Wartburg also earns the 2009 Outdoor Track and Field Scholar Team of the Year honors after winning the 2009 Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in May. The Knights secured the team victory by a margin of two points with a win in the meet’s final event, the 4×400-meter relay. Wartburg became just the seventh school in Division III history to win the indoor and outdoor women’s team titles in the same season.
Wartburg is joined on the All-Academic Team list by an incredible 22 additional teams that achieved top-25 finishes at the outdoor championships.
DIVISION III ALL-ACADEMIC TRACK AND FIELD TEAMS
In addition to the Scholar Teams of the Year, the USTFCCCA also announced the women’s 2009 Division III All-Academic Track and Field Teams. A total of 100 Division III programs made up the women’s 2009 All-Academic Teams.
Shenandoah University led all institutions with a 3.676 team cumulative GPA, followed by Whitworth University with a 3.641 team GPA. Carleton College had the third-highest cumulative GPA with a 3.590.
The Centennial Conference, Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, University Athletic Association, and Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference led all conferences with six teams selected from each conference as All-Academic Teams for 2009.
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 III Indoor or Outdoor National Championships and cumulative GPA.
To be nominated, the team must carry a minimum 3.100 cumulative grade-point average.
2009 USTFCCCA Division III Women’s All-Academic Track and Field Teams:
|Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps Colleges||3.582|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||3.520|
|College of St. Benedict||3.470|
|St. Olaf College||3.460|
|Trinity University (Texas)||3.455|
|Nebraska Wesleyan University||3.450|
|New York University||3.420|
|University of Redlands||3.411|
|Illinois Wesleyan University||3.403|
|University of Chicago||3.400|
|Concordia University (Wisconsin)||3.390|
|Ohio Northern University||3.390|
|University of Wisconsin, Stout||3.390|
|Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute||3.370|
|State University College at Brockport||3.370|
|University of Wisconsin, La Crosse||3.370|
|Worcester Polytechnic Institute||3.370|
|Martin Luther College||3.365|
|Concordia College, Moorhead||3.360|
|Gustavus Adolphus College||3.360|
|Johns Hopkins University||3.360|
|Ohio Wesleyan University||3.340|
|University of Puget Sound||3.340|
|Washington and Lee University||3.337|
|University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire||3.330|
|Washington University (Missouri)||3.330|
|University of the South||3.324|
|College of St. Scholastica||3.320|
|Christopher Newport University||3.310|
|University of Rochester||3.310|
|Rochester Institute of Technology||3.301|
|St. Lawrence University||3.300|
|Plattsburgh State University of New York||3.290|
|College of Wooster||3.287|
|Augustana College (Illinois)||3.286|
|Carnegie Mellon University||3.280|
|Bryn Mawr College||3.270|
|North Central College||3.241|
|State University College at Geneseo||3.240|
|Carroll University (Wisconsin)||3.222|
|Pacific Lutheran University||3.220|
|Penn State Erie, the Behrend College||3.208|
|University of Wisconsin, Platteville||3.201|
|State University College at Oneonta||3.200|
|Frostburg State University||3.199|
|John Carroll University||3.190|
|St. Norbert College||3.160|
|The College of New Jersey||3.143|
|University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh||3.143|
|Central College (Iowa)||3.132|
|State University of New York at Oswego||3.124|
|North Park University||3.120|
|University of Wisconsin, Whitewater||3.120|
|Wheaton College (Massachusetts)||3.110|