Western State Wins Honor as Division II Men’s Scholar Team of the Year

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

February 17, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – The Mountaineers of Western State are the USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Men’s Scholar Team of the Year for the 2010 cross country season as announced Thursday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Western State finished as the runner-up at the NCAA D-II Cross Country Championships 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 Men’s Scholar Team of the Year – Western State College of Colorado

Western State, coached by Jennifer Michel, tallied a 3.37 cumulative team GPA through the latest semester. The Mountaineers finished as the national runners-up at the NCAA D-II Cross Country Championships this fall and were topped only by rival Adams State. The squad also finished second at the NCAA Central Region Championships and the RMAC Championships.

Western State’s Sean Brown and Ryan Haebe were honored earlier in the week as individual All-Academic performers from the 2010 cross country season.

Past Winners

2010: Western State

2009: Adams State

2008: Adams State

2007: Abilene Christian

2006: Western State

68 Teams Earn All-Academic Status

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

A total of 68 institutions represent 19 conferences that compose the group. The PSAC led all conferences with 10 members earning All-Academic honors and was followed by the GLIAC which had six listed.

Gannon reported the highest cumulative team GPA among All-Academic honorees with a 3.64. BYU-Hawaii and Findlay followed with a 3.55.

Six 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, 12 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, MEN

INSTITUTION CONFERENCE
GPA
Adelphi University Northeast-10 Conference 3.33
Ashland University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.25
Augusta State University Peach Belt Conference 3.01
Augustana College (South Dakota) Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.04
Bellarmine University Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.08
Bentley University Northeast-10 Conference 3.38
Brigham Young University, Hawaii Pacific West Conference 3.55
C.W. Post Campus/Long Island University East Coast Conference 3.29
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona California Collegiate Athletic Association 3.26
California University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.32
Carson-Newman College South Atlantic Conference 3.08
Catawba College South Atlantic Conference 3.33
Christian Brothers University Gulf South Conference 3.13
Clayton State University Peach Belt Conference 3.13
College of Saint Rose Northeast-10 Conference 3.08
Colorado School of Mines Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.11
Columbus State University Peach Belt Conference 3.01
Dowling College East Coast Conference 3.04
Drury University Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.43
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.16
Erskine College Conference Carolinas 3.00
Ferris State University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.12
Florida Institute of Technology Sunshine State Conference 3.03
Florida Southern College Sunshine State Conference 3.00
Gannon University Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.64
Georgia College & State University Peach Belt Conference 3.07
Hawaii Pacific University Pacific West Conference 3.23
Hillsdale College Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.09
Lake Superior State University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.06
Lenoir-Rhyne University South Atlantic Conference 3.36
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.10
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.05
Mars Hill College South Atlantic Conference 3.18
Mercyhurst College Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.28
Merrimack College Northeast-10 Conference 3.02
Millersville University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.26
Minnesota State University Moorhead Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.07
Missouri Southern State University Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.07
Missouri University of Science & Technology Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.50
Molloy College East Coast Conference 3.30
Northern Kentucky University Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.09
Northwood University (Michigan) Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.21
Nova Southeastern University Sunshine State Conference 3.20
Philadelphia University Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference 3.12
Seattle Pacific University Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.25
Seton Hill University West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.20
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.07
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.18
Southwest Baptist University Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.27
St. Andrews Presbyterian College Conference Carolinas 3.03
St. Martin’s University Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.09
Texas A&M University-Commerce Lone Star Conference 3.27
The University of Findlay Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.55
Truman State University Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.33
University of Alaska Anchorage Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.14
University of Alaska Fairbanks Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.20
University of California, San Diego California Collegiate Athletic Association 3.21
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.07
University of Minnesota Duluth Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.16
University of Nebraska at Kearney Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.27
University of the Incarnate Word Lone Star Conference 3.36
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference 3.15
University of Wisconsin, Parkside Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.16
Wayne State College (Nebraska) Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.31
West Chester University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.23
Western State College of Colorado Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.37
Wheeling Jesuit University West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.15
Winona State University Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.20