National Champs Wartburg, Illinois Wesleyan Earn Achieve Scholar Team of the Year Status in D-III

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

August 3, 2010   

NEW ORLEANS – The women’s track & field teams at Wartburg College and Illinois Wesleyan University were named Tuesday as Scholar Teams of the Year in Division III 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 3.10-cumulative GPA at the most recent NCAA indoor and outdoor championship, respectively. In addition, the USTFCCCA announced 106 teams as All-Academic teams for the track & field seasons.

Past All-Academic Teams

Indoor Track & Field Scholar Team of the Year – Wartburg

Wartburg – who has a 3.26 cumulative team GPA through winter 2010 – claimed the national team title at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships for the second-straight time with a 33-29 victory over runner-up UW Oshkosh. The Knights claimed the national title in the 4×400-meter relay with Nevada Morrison, Jenny Kordick, Chelsey Jacobs, and Faith Burt crossing in 3:48.73, a feat that put them over-the-top in the team scoring. Sophomore Skye Morrison added a national crown in the long jump and an eighth-place showing in the triple jump. Sophomore Faith Burt finished third at 55 meters while junior Brittany Thomas took third in the 55-meter hurdles. Amanda Kuiken, Chelsey Jacobs, Nicole Calabrese, and Jennifer Kuiken collected points for sixth place in the DMR.

Outdoor Track & Field Scholar Team of the Year – Illinois Wesleyan

Illinois Wesleyan won the NCAA Outdoor title with 54 points to top the 53 of runner-up UW Oshkosh. Ali McCoy, Amanda LaRocca, Lauren Alpert, and Shavantay Thomas took the top spot in the 4×100-meter relay for the Titans at the national meet. LaRocca would also finish runner-up in the 100 and 200 meters and also finished third in the 100-meter hurdles to total 24½ points for the Titan cause. Thomas was third in the 100 meters and fourth at 200 meters. McCoy would go on to finish seventh in the 200 and eighth in the 400. Alpert was seventh also in the long jump. In addition, McCoy and Alpert teamed with Mackenzie and Tara Clemens for third in the 4×400-meter relay.

All told, Illinois Wesleyan ended the 2010 winter term with a 3.23 cumulative team GPA.

Past Winners
Indoor Track & Field
2010: Wartburg
2009: Wartburg
2008: Illinois Wesleyan
2007: UW La Crosse

Outdoor Track & Field
2010: Illinois Wesleyan
2009: Wartburg
2008: Illinois Wesleyan
2007: UW Oshkosh

All-Academic Status Earned by 106 Teams

In addition to the Scholar Teams of the Year, the USTFCCCA also announced the women’s 2010 Division III All-Academic Track & Field Teams. A total of 106 institutions earned the distinction as a result of a cumulative team GPA of 3.1 or better.

Haverford posted the highest cumulative team GPA in the nation at 3.66. Ursinus followed at 3.61.

The MIAC led all conferences with 11 of their members reaching All-Academic Team status, which included Augsburg, Carleton, St. Benedict, Concordia-Moorhead, Gustavus Adolphis, Hamline, Macalester, Saint Mary’s (Minn.), St. Catherine, St. Olaf, and St. Thomas (Minn.). The Centennial Conference followed with seven.

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

INSTITUTION CONFERENCE
GPA
Albion College Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association 3.38
Allegheny College North Coast Athletic Conference 3.14
Amherst College New England Small College Athletic Conference 3.50
Augsburg College Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.30
Augustana College (Illinois) College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin 3.19
Babson College New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference 3.26
Baldwin-Wallace College Ohio Athletic Conference 3.45
Bryn Mawr College Centennial Conference 3.25
Calvin College Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association 3.46
Capital University Ohio Athletic Conference 3.18
Carleton College Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.48
Carnegie Mellon University University Athletic Association 3.13
Carroll University (Wisconsin) Midwest Conference 3.32
Carthage College College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin 3.20
Central College (Iowa) Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.16
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.40
College of St. Benedict Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.43
College of St. Scholastica Upper Midwest Athletic Conference 3.55
College of Wooster North Coast Athletic Conference 3.23
Colorado College Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference 3.57
Concordia College, Moorhead Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.41
Concordia University Wisconsin Northern Athletics Conference 3.34
Connecticut College New England Small College Athletic Conference 3.53
Cornell College Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.23
Defiance College Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference 3.37
DePauw University Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference 3.26
Dickinson College Centennial Conference 3.25
Emory University University Athletic Association 3.61
Franklin College Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference 3.19
Frostburg State University Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference 3.13
Gettysburg College Centennial Conference 3.29
Goucher College Landmark Conference 3.50
Greenville College St Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.13
Grinnell College Midwest Conference 3.45
Gustavus Adolphus College Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.38
Gwynedd-Mercy College Colonial States Athletic Conference 3.22
Hamline University Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.36
Haverford College Centennial Conference 3.66
Hendrix College Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference 3.42
Hood College Capital Athletic Conference Inc. 3.23
Hope College Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association 3.37
Hunter College City University of New York Athletic Conference 3.40
Illinois Wesleyan University College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin 3.23
Ithaca College Empire 8 3.43
Johns Hopkins University Centennial Conference 3.17
Kenyon College North Coast Athletic Conference 3.39
Lawrence University Midwest Conference 3.35
Linfield College Northwest Conference 3.48
Loras College Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.29
Lynchburg College Old Dominion Athletic Conference 3.14
Macalester College Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.50
Marietta College Ohio Athletic Conference 3.26
Massachusetts Institute of Technology New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference 3.44
Messiah College Middle Atlantic Conference 3.42
Moravian College Landmark Conference 3.42
Muhlenberg College Centennial Conference 3.42
Nazareth College Empire 8 3.23
North Central College College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin 3.30
Oberlin College North Coast Athletic Conference 3.44
Ohio Northern University Ohio Athletic Conference 3.39
Ohio Wesleyan University North Coast Athletic Conference 3.11
Pacific Lutheran University Northwest Conference 3.20
Pacific University (Oregon) Northwest Conference 3.35
Penn State Erie, the Behrend College Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference 3.19
Pomona-Pitzer Colleges Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.54
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Liberty League 3.36
Rhodes College Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference 3.36
Rochester Institute of Technology Empire 8 3.29
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.41
Salisbury University Capital Athletic Conference Inc. 3.33
Shenandoah University Middle Atlantic Conference 3.53
Simpson College Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.48
Springfield College New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference 3.44
St. Catherine University Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.42
St. Lawrence University Liberty League 3.30
St. Norbert College Midwest Conference 3.18
St. Olaf College Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.50
State University College at Oneonta State University of New York Athletic Conference 3.33
Stevens Institute of Technology Empire 8 3.39
The College of New Jersey New Jersey Athletic Conference 3.21
Trinity College (Connecticut) New England Small College Athletic Conference 3.35
Trinity University (Texas) Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference 3.40
Tufts University New England Small College Athletic Conference 3.43
University of Chicago University Athletic Association 3.39
University of Minnesota, Morris Upper Midwest Athletic Conference 3.31
University of Puget Sound Northwest Conference 3.43
University of Redlands Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.56
University of Rochester University Athletic Association 3.30
University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.37
University of the South Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference 3.36
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.39
University of Wisconsin, La Crosse Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.33
University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.25
University of Wisconsin, Platteville Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.12
University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.34
University of Wisconsin, Stout Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.34
Ursinus College Centennial Conference 3.61
Vassar College Liberty League 3.49
Wartburg College Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.26
Washington and Lee University Old Dominion Athletic Conference 3.29
Washington University (Missouri) University Athletic Association 3.57
Waynesburg University Presidents’ Athletic Conference 3.10
Wesleyan University (Connecticut) New England Small College Athletic Conference 3.39
Wheaton College (Massachusetts) New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference 3.15
Whitworth University Northwest Conference 3.51
Willamette University Northwest Conference 3.47
Worcester Polytechnic Institute New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference 3.33