Ashland, Grand Valley State Women Are Division II’s Scholar Teams of the Year

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

August 2, 2010   

NEW ORLEANS – The women’s track & field teams at Ashland University and Grand Valley State University were named Monday as Scholar Teams of the Year in Division I for the 2010 seasons by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The squads earned the distinction as a result of being the highest-placing teams with at least a 3.00-cumulative GPA at the most recent NCAA indoor and outdoor championship, respectively. In addition, the USTFCCCA announced 67 teams as All-Academic teams for the track & field seasons.

Past All-Academic Teams

Indoor Track & Field Scholar Team of the Year – Ashland

Ashland tied for the second position, along with Grand Valley State, at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March with 47 points. Ashland claimed the title of Indoor Scholar Team of the Year by virtue of their tiebreaking 3.34 cumulative team GPA. At the indoor championships, juniors Steph Tinney and Abby Kacsandi won national titles in the 400 meters and long jump, respectively. In addition, both earned All-Academic honors individually. Sophomore Kelly Ash also won an NCAA crown, doing so with a 51-1 (15.57m) toss in the shot put. Tara Cooper and Ash took second and fifth in the weight throw while junior Lisa Roth was fourth in the pentathlon.

Outdoor Track & Field Scholar Team of the Year – Grand Valley State

The Lakers of Grand Valley State claimed 47 points at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for third place in the team race. National runner-up honors went to sophomore Monica Kinney in the 1500 and freshman Liz Murphy in the hammer throw. Kinney also finished fourth at 5000 meters. Chanelle Caldwell placed third at 800 meters while Candice Wheat was fourth in the 100 hurdles and Jocelyn Kuksa was fourth in the pole vault. The 4×400-meter relay team was fourth as well. Maegan Doyen was seventh in the high jump, Sam Lockhart was seventh in the discus, and Danielle Fonseca was eighth in the 400-meter hurdles.

Past Winners
Indoor Track & Field
2010: Ashland
2009: Lincoln (Mo.)
2008: Adams State
2007: Lincoln (Mo.)

Outdoor Track & Field
2010: Grand Valley State
2009: Lincoln (Mo.)
2008: Abilene Christian
2007: Lincoln (Mo.)

All-Academic Status Earned by 67 Teams

In addition to the Scholar Teams of the Year, the USTFCCCA also announced the women’s 2010 Division II All-Academic Track & Field Teams. A total of 67 institutions earned the distinction as a result of a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or better.

Incarnate Word posted the nation’s highest cumulative GPA through the winter 2010 term with a 3.64. Northern Kentucky was next at 3.61.

The PSAC notched 10 members as All-Academic teams, including East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana (Pa.), Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock, and West Chester. The MIAA, with nine teams honored, was the second best among conferences.

The list of men’s squads to reach All-Academic status in Division II will be announced on Tuesday, August 3.

USTFCCCA 2010 Division II Track & Field All-Academic Teams, WOMEN

INSTITUTION CONFERENCE GPA
Adams State College Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.32
Adelphi University Northeast-10 Conference 3.30
American International College Northeast-10 Conference 3.09
Ashland University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.34
Augustana College (South Dakota) Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.23
Bemidji State University Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.34
Bentley University Northeast-10 Conference 3.30
California State University, Chico California Collegiate Athletic Association 3.08
Chadron State College Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.04
Colorado School of Mines Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.16
Concordia University, St. Paul Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.08
Drury University Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.52
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.32
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.28
Emporia State University Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.17
Florida Southern College Sunshine State Conference 3.27
Fort Hays State University Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.25
Georgian Court University Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference 3.26
Grand Valley State University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.20
Harding University Gulf South Conference 3.37
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.26
Johnson C. Smith University Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association 3.56
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.27
Lake Erie College Independent 3.08
Lake Superior State University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.15
Lewis University Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.27
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.03
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.38
Michigan Technological University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.45
Millersville University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.19
Minnesota State University, Mankato Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.20
Missouri Southern State University Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.36
Missouri University of Science & Technology Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.46
Montana State University-Billings Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.28
Northern Kentucky University Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.61
Northern Michigan University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.26
Northern State University Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.46
Northwest Missouri State University Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.26
Northwest Nazarene University Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.39
Northwood University (Michigan) Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.06
Pittsburg State University Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.45
San Francisco State University California Collegiate Athletic Association 3.14
Seattle Pacific University Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.38
Seton Hill University West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.32
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.29
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.22
Southwest Baptist University Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.43
St. Martin’s University Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.46
The University of Findlay Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.43
Tiffin University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.10
Truman State University Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.51
University of Alaska Anchorage Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.19
University of California, San Diego California Collegiate Athletic Association 3.16
University of Central Missouri Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.44
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.33
University of Massachusetts at Lowell Northeast-10 Conference 3.25
University of Nebraska at Kearney Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.38
University of Nebraska at Omaha Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.18
University of New Haven Northeast-10 Conference 3.12
University of Southern Indiana Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.41
University of Tampa Sunshine State Conference 3.41
University of the Incarnate Word Heartland Conference 3.64
Wayne State College (Nebraska) Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.35
West Chester University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.29
West Texas A&M University Lone Star Conference 3.19
Western State College of Colorado Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.22
Winona State University Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.33