UW La Crosse, Salisbury Men Earn D-III’s Scholar Team of the Year Plaudits

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

August 4, 2010   

NEW ORLEANS – The men’s track & field teams at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse and Salisbury University were named Wednesday 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 68 teams as All-Academic teams for the track & field seasons.

Past All-Academic Teams

Indoor Track & Field Scholar Team of the Year – UW La Crosse

UW La Crosse placed third at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships, scoring 31½ points. Kellen McCrary – also an individual All-Academic honoree – won an individual national title in the long jump. The 4×400-meter relay team of Paul Yerhot, Aric Hoeschen, Terrence Thigpen, and Alex Rooker took runner-up honors, and the group of Brian Shonat, Ryan Mendez, McCauley Kraker, and Bruce Schmitz was sixth in the DMR. Dave Strauder was fifth in the high jump and dave Pergande was sixth in the pole vault. Zach Lee and Matt Gordy claimed seventh and eighth in the 55 meters, and Issac Vazquez notched the eighth spot in the triple jump. UW La Crosse has a cumulative team GPA of 3.10 through the latest semester.

Outdoor Track & Field Scholar Team of the Year – Salisbury

Salisbury earned team runner-up honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in scoring 36 points. The Sea Gulls won individual national titles in the 400-meter hurdles via Cory Beebe’s 51.19 run and in the shot put as Brandon Fugett brought home the top prize. Beebe would also finish sixth in the 110-meter hurdles at the national meet. Delannie Spriggs added 13 points to the cause with a second and fourth in the 100 and 200 meters, respectively. Overall, Salisbury carries a 3.14 cumulative team GPA.

Past Winners
Indoor Track & Field
2010: UW La Crosse
2009: Whitworth
2008: UW La Crosse
2007: Tufts

Outdoor Track & Field
2010: Salisbury
2009: Whitworth
2008: Whitworth
2007: UW Platteville

All-Academic Status Earned by 68 Teams

In addition to the Scholar Teams of the Year, the USTFCCCA also announced the men’s 2010 Division III All-Academic Track & Field Teams. A total of 68 institutions earned the distinction as a result of a cumulative team GPA of 3.1 or better.

The men of Kenyon was tops in the nation with a team cumulative GPA of 3.50 through the 2010 winter semester. Pomona-Pitzer at 3.46 was second-best among the squads.

Three conferences, the NESCAC, MIAC, and Centennial Conference, each had five squads earn the distinction. The Northwest Conference, the UAA, and the Empire 8, claimed four on the roll.

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

INSTITUTION CONFERENCE
GPA
Albion College Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association 3.12
Allegheny College North Coast Athletic Conference 3.14
Amherst College New England Small College Athletic Conference 3.34
Babson College New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference 3.31
Baldwin-Wallace College Ohio Athletic Conference 3.11
Calvin College Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association 3.18
Carleton College Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.35
Carnegie Mellon University University Athletic Association 3.32
Carroll University (Wisconsin) Midwest Conference 3.13
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.30
College of St. Scholastica Upper Midwest Athletic Conference 3.11
Colorado College Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference 3.40
Concordia University Wisconsin Northern Athletics Conference 3.17
Connecticut College New England Small College Athletic Conference 3.26
Emory University University Athletic Association 3.45
Gettysburg College Centennial Conference 3.14
Grinnell College Midwest Conference 3.21
Hamline University Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.12
Haverford College Centennial Conference 3.44
Hendrix College Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference 3.26
Hope College Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association 3.10
Illinois Wesleyan University College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin 3.16
Ithaca College Empire 8 3.15
Johns Hopkins University Centennial Conference 3.27
Juniata College Landmark Conference 3.31
Kenyon College North Coast Athletic Conference 3.50
Lawrence University Midwest Conference 3.27
Linfield College Northwest Conference 3.26
Loras College Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.11
Macalester College Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.32
Massachusetts Institute of Technology New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference 3.44
Messiah College Middle Atlantic Conference 3.10
Muhlenberg College Centennial Conference 3.25
Nazareth College Empire 8 3.17
Oberlin College North Coast Athletic Conference 3.21
Ohio Northern University Ohio Athletic Conference 3.25
Pomona-Pitzer Colleges Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.46
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Liberty League 3.34
Rhodes College Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference 3.25
Rochester Institute of Technology Empire 8 3.13
Saint John’s University (Minnesota) Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.24
Salisbury University Capital Athletic Conference Inc. 3.14
Simpson College Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.11
Springfield College New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference 3.23
St. Lawrence University Liberty League 3.25
St. Olaf College Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.21
State University College at Oneonta State University of New York Athletic Conference 3.21
Stevens Institute of Technology Empire 8 3.22
The College of New Jersey New Jersey Athletic Conference 3.26
Thiel College Presidents’ Athletic Conference 3.14
Trinity College (Connecticut) New England Small College Athletic Conference 3.18
Tufts University New England Small College Athletic Conference 3.27
University of Chicago University Athletic Association 3.44
University of Minnesota, Morris Upper Midwest Athletic Conference 3.13
University of Puget Sound Northwest Conference 3.14
University of Redlands Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.22
University of Rochester University Athletic Association 3.19
University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.17
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.10
University of Wisconsin, La Crosse Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.10
Ursinus College Centennial Conference 3.26
Vassar College Liberty League 3.42
Washington and Lee University Old Dominion Athletic Conference 3.28
Washington University (Missouri) University Athletic Association 3.42
Waynesburg University Presidents’ Athletic Conference 3.31
Wesleyan University (Connecticut) New England Small College Athletic Conference 3.36
Whitworth University Northwest Conference 3.32
Willamette University Northwest Conference 3.25
Worcester Polytechnic Institute New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference 3.40