DII Men’s Scholar Teams of the Year are Chadron State and Johnson C. Smith

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

August 11, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – The men’s track & field squads at Chadron State College and Johnson C. Smith University were named Thursday as Scholar Teams of the Year in Division II for the 2011 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 3.00-cumulative GPA at the most recent NCAA indoor and outdoor championship, respectively. In addition, the USTFCCCA announced 39 teams as All-Academic teams for the track & field seasons.

Indoor Track & Field Scholar Team of the Year – Chadron State

Chadron State tied for ninth at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March and holds a cumulative team GPA of 3.12.

Karl McFarlane, Lanar Newman, Keegan Parr, Joe Schultz, and Brandon Segelke from Chadron State were among those last week that earned individual All-Academic honors. McFarlane placed third in the 60-meter hurdles at the national championships while Newman took fifth in the long jump.

Outdoor Track & Field Scholar Team of the Year – Johnson C. Smith

The Golden Bulls of Johnson C. Smith placed sixth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in May and garner a cumulative team GPA of 3.13.

Last week, Leford Green, the NCAA 400-meter champ, was named the Scholar Track Athlete of the Year for the outdoor season. Green, Winston Brown, Andrew Collins, and Akino Ming were named to the All-Academic team last week as well. Ming was the national runner-up to Green in the 400 meters and was won the 4×400-meter relay team with Green and Brown that won a national title.  

Past Scholar-Team of the Year Winners

Indoor Track & Field
2011: Chadron State
2010: Ashland
2009: Ashland
2008: Minnesota State
2007: Grand Valley State

Outdoor Track & Field
2011: Johnson C. Smith
2010: Ashland
2009: Ashland
2008: North Dakota
2007: Grand Valley State
Western State

All-Academic Status Earned by 39 Teams

In addition to the Scholar Teams of the Year, the USTFCCCA also announced the men’s 2011 Division II All-Academic Track & Field Teams. A total of 39 institutions earned the distinction as a result of a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better.

Truman State holds the best cumulative team GPA in the land among DII men’s track & field programs with a 3.48 tally. Bentley and Southwest Baptist follow in the category with a 3.39 and 3.30, respectively.

The GLVC notched seven of its members to the All-Academic list while the RMAC, PSAC, and GNAC each had five squads represented among the nation’s best.

 

USTFCCCA 2011 Division II Track & Field All-Academic Teams, MEN

INSTITUTION CONFERENCE GPA
Adelphi University Northeast-10 Conference 3.24
Bellarmine University Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.09
Bemidji State University Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.05
Bentley University Northeast-10 Conference 3.39
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona California Collegiate Athletic Association 3.05
California University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.09
Chadron State College Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.12
Colorado School of Mines Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.14
Drury University Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.25
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.26
Florida Southern College Sunshine State Conference 3.28
Hillsdale College Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.05
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.08
Johnson C. Smith University Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association 3.13
Lewis University Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.13
Michigan Technological University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.25
Missouri University of Science and Technology Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.07
Molloy College East Coast Conference 3.10
Montana State University Billings Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.01
Northern Kentucky University Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.11
Northwest Nazarene University Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.10
Seattle Pacific University Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.26
Seton Hill University West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.02
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.12
Southwest Baptist University Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.30
St. Martin’s University Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.02
The University of Findlay Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.20
Truman State University Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.48
University of Alaska Anchorage Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.10
University of California, San Diego California Collegiate Athletic Association 3.21
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.05
University of Minnesota Duluth Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.00
University of Nebraska at Kearney Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.09
University of Southern Indiana Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.14
University of the Incarnate Word Lone Star Conference 3.27
University of Wisconsin, Parkside Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.06
Wayne State College (Nebraska) Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.20
West Chester University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.08
Western State College of Colorado Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.11