Grand Valley State Adds Two More Awards to Magical 2010-2011 School Year

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

August 9, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – The women’s track & field team at Grand Valley State University was named Tuesday as Scholar Team of the Year in Division II for both the indoor and outdoor 2011 seasons by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). GVSU earned the distinction as a result of being the highest-placing team with at least a 3.00-cumulative team GPA at the most recent NCAA indoor and outdoor championship, respectively. For GVSU, the two plaudits add to the similar cross country distinction gained earlier in the year to form an academic “triple-crown”, matching the athletic “triple crown” won with sweep all three NCAA Division II Championships during the 2010-2011 school year.

 In addition, the USTFCCCA announced 74 squads as All-Academic teams for the track & field seasons.

Indoor Track & Field Scholar Team of the Year /
Outdoor Track & Field Scholar Team of the Year – Grand Valley State

In 2011, the Lakers won both indoor and outdoor NCAA Division II Championships by a wide a margin as part of their quest for a triple crown. Indoors, the Lakers took the national championship crown by 32 points. Outdoors, it was a margin of victory by 14½ points. In both cases, Grand Valley State won their first crowns in the respective sports.

Twenty Lakers were named last week as individual All-Academic recipients for the 2011 track & field seasons. Included in the list was Monica Kinney who won the mile and 5000 meters at the NCAA outdoor meet and scored runner-up honors indoors.

Past Scholar-Team of the Year Winners

Indoor Track & Field
2011: Grand Valley State
2010: Ashland
2009: Lincoln (Mo.)
2008: Adams State
2007: Lincoln (Mo.)

Outdoor Track & Field
2011: Grand Valley State
2010: Grand Valley State
2009: Lincoln (Mo.)
2008: Abilene Christian
2007: Lincoln (Mo.)

All-Academic Status Earned by 74 Teams

In addition to the Scholar Teams of the Year, the USTFCCCA also announced the women’s 2011 Division II All-Academic Track & Field Teams. A total of 74 institutions earned the distinction as a result of a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better.

Saint Leo reported the highest cumulative team GPA (3.66) in the nation among Division II women’s teams through the spring 2011 semester. Johnson C. Smith and Neb.-Kearney followed closely at 3.65 while Truman State had the fourth-best GPA reported at 3.63.

Twelve squads from the PSAC earned All-Academic Team status while six other conferences tied for second most with seven teams earning the honor.

The list of men’s squads to reach All-Academic status in Division II will be announced on Thursday.

 

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

INSTITUTION CONFERENCE GPA
Adams State College Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.21
Adelphi University Northeast-10 Conference 3.39
Anderson University (South Carolina) South Atlantic Conference 3.16
Ashland University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.33
Augustana College (South Dakota) Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.24
Bellarmine University Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.37
Bemidji State University Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.36
Bentley University Northeast-10 Conference 3.22
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.15
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona California Collegiate Athletic Association 3.16
California State University, Chico California Collegiate Athletic Association 3.37
California University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.18
Central Washington University Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.34
Chadron State College Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.18
Clarion University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.32
Colorado School of Mines Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.23
Concordia University, St. Paul Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.25
Drury University Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.52
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.45
Emporia State University Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.09
Fort Hays State University Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.57
Georgian Court University Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference 3.10
Grand Valley State University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.20
Harding University Gulf South Conference 3.23
Hillsdale College Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.13
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.35
Johnson C. Smith University Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association 3.65
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.23
Lake Erie College Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.02
Lees-McRae College Conference Carolinas 3.08
Lewis University Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.20
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.12
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.23
Michigan Technological University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.44
Millersville University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.23
Missouri Southern State University Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.48
Missouri University of Science and Technology Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.46
Molloy College East Coast Conference 3.48
Montana State University Billings Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.25
New Mexico Highlands University Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.27
Northern Kentucky University Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.50
Northern Michigan University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.35
Northern State University Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.33
Northwest Missouri State University Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.39
Northwest Nazarene University Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.42
Saint Augustine’s College Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association 3.15
Saint Leo University Sunshine State Conference 3.66
San Francisco State University California Collegiate Athletic Association 3.20
Seattle Pacific University Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.37
Seton Hill University West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.33
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.27
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.30
Southern Connecticut State University Northeast-10 Conference 3.02
Southwest Baptist University Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.46
St. Martin’s University Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.20
The College of Saint Rose Northeast-10 Conference 3.15
The University of Findlay Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.44
Truman State University Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.63
University of Alaska Anchorage Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.33
University of California, San Diego California Collegiate Athletic Association 3.13
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.08
University of Massachusetts Lowell Northeast-10 Conference 3.08
University of Minnesota Duluth Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.20
University of Nebraska at Kearney Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.65
University of Nebraska at Omaha Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.19
University of New Haven Northeast-10 Conference 3.15
University of Southern Indiana Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.46
University of the Incarnate Word Lone Star Conference 3.37
University of Wisconsin, Parkside Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.28
Wayne State College (Nebraska) Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.23
West Chester University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.29
Western Oregon University Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.20
Western State College of Colorado Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.51
Winona State University Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.41