Men’s Scholar Team of the Year Honors in Division II Again Swept by Ashland

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

August 3, 2010   

NEW ORLEANS – The men’s track & field team at Ashland University swept indoor and outdoor Scholar Team of the Year honors in Division II for the second-consecutive year as announced Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The Eagles earned both awards 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 34 teams as All-Academic teams for the track & field seasons.

Past All-Academic Teams

Indoor Track & Field Scholar Team of the Year/Outdoor Track & Field Scholar Team of the Year – Ashland

For the second-straight year the Ashland Eagles swept indoor and outdoor claims to the Scholar Team of the Year award. At the NCAA Indoor Championships in March, Ashland placed seventh in the team competition with 30 points. Junior Kurt Roberts won a national title in the shot put (64-11½, 19.80m) while Mike Jeffery, Ryan Loughney, Richard Quick, and Cory Meuleman went 2-6-7-8 in the weight throw. Sophomore Carsten Krohn notched a third-place national showing in the pentathlon with 5,219 points.

Outdoors, the Eagles finished sixth with 33 points. Loughney, a sophomore, claimed top honors with the hammer (218-6, 66.60m) and Jeffery placed fifth in the same event. Roberts and DJ Duke notched third and fifth places in the shot put. And, Blaine Maag took sixth in the discus. In addition, Ashland’s 4×400-meter relay team of senior Nick Bellanco, senior Edwin Smth, freshman Cory Lamar, and junior Joe Horn was third at the national meet.

Overall, through the winter 2010 term, Ashland has a cumulative team GPA of 3.04.

Past Winners
Indoor Track & Field
2010: Ashland
2009: Ashland
2008: Minnesota State
2007: Grand Valley State

Outdoor Track & Field
2010: Ashland
2009: Ashland
2008: North Dakota
2007: Grand Valley State
Western State

All-Academic Status Earned by 34 Teams

In addition to the Scholar Teams of the Year, the USTFCCCA also announced the men’s 2010 Division II All-Academic Track & Field Teams. A total of 34 institutions earned the distinction as a result of a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or better.

Slippery Rock reported the highest cumulative team GPA in the nation at 3.58. Johnson C. Smith was second-best at 3.53.

With five of their members listed with All-Academic status, the PSAC led all conferences in the category. PSAC members East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana (Pa.), Lock Haven, and Slippery Rock all made the cut. The GLVC, RMAC, GLIAC, and the GNAC each had four squads earn All-Academic status.

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

INSTITUTION CONFERENCE
GPA
Adelphi University Northeast-10 Conference
3.03
Ashland University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
3.04
Augustana College (South Dakota) Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
3.19
Bemidji State University Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
3.16
Bentley University Northeast-10 Conference
3.36
Chadron State College Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
3.11
Colorado School of Mines Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
3.16
Drury University Great Lakes Valley Conference
3.33
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
3.05
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
3.16
Florida Southern College Sunshine State Conference
3.07
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
3.06
Johnson C. Smith University Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
3.53
Lake Superior State University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
3.02
Lewis University Great Lakes Valley Conference
3.00
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
3.01
Michigan Technological University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
3.06
Missouri University of Science & Technology Great Lakes Valley Conference
3.06
Montana State University-Billings Great Northwest Athletic Conference
3.04
Northern Kentucky University Great Lakes Valley Conference
3.02
Northwest Nazarene University Great Northwest Athletic Conference
3.11
Seattle Pacific University Great Northwest Athletic Conference
3.22
Seton Hill University West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
3.08
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
3.58
Southwest Baptist University Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
3.07
The University of Findlay Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
3.29
Truman State University Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
3.28
University of Alaska Anchorage Great Northwest Athletic Conference
3.00
University of California, San Diego California Collegiate Athletic Association
3.12
University of Nebraska at Kearney Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
3.03
University of Tampa Sunshine State Conference
3.40
University of the Incarnate Word Heartland Conference
3.29
Wayne State College (Nebraska) Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
3.08
Western State College of Colorado Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
3.17