Grand Valley State is Women’s Scholar Team of the Year in Division II

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

February 18, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – The Lakers of Grand Valley State University are the USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Women’s Scholar Team of the Year for the 2010 cross country season as announced Friday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). GVSU won the women’s NCAA Division II cross country crown in the fall.
                                                                                                                                          
Scholar Teams of the year are determined from among those who earned All-Academic status and placed highest as a team at the most recent NCAA Championships.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II
Cross Country Women’s Scholar Team of the Year – Grand Valley State

The Lakers, coached by Jerry Baltes, has a cumulative team GPA through the 2010 fall semester of 3.37. Grand Valley State won their first NCAA team title in the fall with a 66-point effort to best nearest challenger Western State (95). Grand Valley placed two runners, Katherine McCarthy and Megan Maceratini, in the race’s top ten. GVSU’s remaining five finished in the race’s top 35. The Lakers had previously finished as national runner-up in three of the previous five national championships.

GVSU’s Maceratini, Kylen Cieslak, Monica Kinney, and Julia Nowak earned All-Academic status earlier in the week.

The Lakers in the fall also won a tenth-straight NCAA Midwest Region title with a dominant 26-79 victory over Ferris State by placing four runners in the region’s top eight. GVSU also won the GLIAC title for the tenth straight year, winning the 2010 race with just 18 points.

Past Winners

2010: Grand Valley State

2009: Adams State

2008: Adams State

2007: Adams State

2006: Adams State

107 Teams Earn All-Academic Status

In addition to the Scholar Team of the Year, the USTFCCCA also announced those women’s teams who earned 2010 Division II All-Academic Cross Country status.

A total of 107 institutions represent 22 conferences that compose the group. The PSAC led all conferences with 14 members earning All-Academic honors and was followed by the GLIAC which had 10 listed.

Division II newcomers King College reported the highest cumulative team GPA among All-Academic honorees with a 3.77. Gannon followed with a 3.74.

Eight of the top ten finishing teams at the 2010 NCAA Cross Country Championships earned All-Academic status. Of the 24 teams that participated in the national final, 19 of those earned All-Academic status. In addition, six of eight NCAA regional championship teams earned All-Academic honors.

To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have compiled a score (finished at least five runners) at their respective NCAA regional championship.

USTFCCCA 2010 Division II Cross Country All-Academic Teams, WOMEN

INSTITUTION CONFERENCE
GPA
Adams State College Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.55
Adelphi University Northeast-10 Conference 3.37
American International College Northeast-10 Conference 3.21
Anderson University (South Carolina) South Atlantic Conference 3.48
Arkansas Tech University Gulf South Conference 3.40
Ashland University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.60
Augusta State University Peach Belt Conference 3.10
Augustana College (South Dakota) Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.20
Bellarmine University Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.37
Bemidji State University Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.39
Bentley University Northeast-10 Conference 3.36
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.12
Brigham Young University, Hawaii Pacific West Conference 3.65
C.W. Post Campus/Long Island University East Coast Conference 3.39
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona California Collegiate Athletic Association 3.05
California State University, San Bernardino California Collegiate Athletic Association 3.02
California State University, Stanislaus California Collegiate Athletic Association 3.04
California University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.33
Carson-Newman College South Atlantic Conference 3.33
Christian Brothers University Gulf South Conference 3.68
Clark Atlanta University Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.11
College of Saint Rose Northeast-10 Conference 3.41
Colorado School of Mines Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.14
Delta State University Gulf South Conference 3.57
Dowling College East Coast Conference 3.35
Drury University Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.67
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.36
Eastern New Mexico University Lone Star Conference 3.39
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.36
Erskine College Conference Carolinas 3.00
Ferris State University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.52
Flagler College Peach Belt Conference 3.24
Florida Institute of Technology Sunshine State Conference 3.53
Fort Hays State University Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.29
Fort Lewis College Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.24
Francis Marion University Peach Belt Conference 3.18
Gannon University Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.74
Georgia College & State University Peach Belt Conference 3.28
Georgian Court University Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference 3.18
Grand Valley State University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.37
Hawaii Pacific University Pacific West Conference 3.34
Hillsdale College Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.24
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.44
King College Appalachian Athletic Conference 3.77
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.27
Lake Erie College Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.03
Lake Superior State University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.42
Lees-McRae College Conference Carolinas 3.30
Lenoir-Rhyne University South Atlantic Conference 3.42
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.27
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.42
Mars Hill College South Atlantic Conference 3.08
Mercyhurst College Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.58
Merrimack College Northeast-10 Conference 3.24
Michigan Technological University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.51
Midwestern State University Lone Star Conference 3.49
Millersville University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.23
Minnesota State University Moorhead Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.39
Missouri Southern State University Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.48
Missouri University of Science & Technology Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.62
Molloy College East Coast Conference 3.50
Montana State University-Billings Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.55
Newman University Heartland Conference 3.64
Northern Kentucky University Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.71
Northern Michigan University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.49
Northern State University Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.44
Nova Southeastern University Sunshine State Conference 3.13
Philadelphia University Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference 3.42
San Francisco State University California Collegiate Athletic Association 3.35
Seattle Pacific University Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.65
Seton Hill University West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.56
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.40
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.56
Southern Connecticut State University Northeast-10 Conference 3.24
Southwest Baptist University Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.56
St. Andrews Presbyterian College Conference Carolinas 3.37
St. Cloud State University Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.26
St. Martin’s University Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.29
St. Thomas Aquinas College East Coast Conference 3.61
Stonehill College Northeast-10 Conference 3.03
Texas A&M University-Commerce Lone Star Conference 3.54
The University of Findlay Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.68
Tiffin University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.33
Truman State University Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.73
University of Alabama in Huntsville Gulf South Conference 3.09
University of Alaska Anchorage Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.35
University of Alaska Fairbanks Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.64
University of California, San Diego California Collegiate Athletic Association 3.25
University of Central Missouri Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.54
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.34
University of Mary Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.50
University of Massachusetts at Lowell Northeast-10 Conference 3.35
University of Minnesota Duluth Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.28
University of Montevallo Peach Belt Conference 3.31
University of Nebraska at Kearney Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.70
University of North Carolina at Pembroke Peach Belt Conference 3.27
University of Southern Indiana Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.51
University of Tampa Sunshine State Conference 3.30
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference 3.22
University of West Alabama Gulf South Conference 3.02
University of Wisconsin, Parkside Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.34
Wayne State College (Nebraska) Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.48
West Chester University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.25
Western State College of Colorado Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.51
Wheeling Jesuit University West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.19
Wilmington University (Delaware) Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference 3.46
Winona State University Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.34