NCAA Champ Wash-U Bears Gain Title of Scholar Team of the Year

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

February 15, 2012   

NEW ORLEANS – The Bears of Washington University of St. Louis are the USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Women’s Scholar Team of the Year for the 2011 cross country season as announced Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The squad also won their first NCAA cross country title this fall.

USTFCCCA All-Academic History

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 III
Cross Country Women’s Scholar Team of the Year – Washington (Mo.)

The Bears, coached by Jeff Stiles, has tallied a 3.70 cumulative team GPA through the 2011 fall semester. The mark ranks third among all Division III women’s cross country teams.

Washington’s women came away from the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships with the program’s first-ever title, scoring 70 points to outpace defending champion Middlebury (111). The Bears were led by senior Erica Jackey who placed fourth overall despite being nine seconds back of the field after the first mile. Freshman Lucy Cheadle finished 20th overall, sophomore Sarah Fisher was 22nd, senior Molly Wawrzyniak took 23rd, and senior Elizabeth Phillips rounded out team scoring as the 40th overall finisher.

The team also won the NCAA Midwest Regional with just 24 points, winning by 91 over UW-Eau Claire. The squad finished all seven runners in the overall top 20, going 2-3-4-6-9-14-19. In addition for Stiles in his 11th year at WASHU, the Bears won a third-straight UAA title this fall.

All seven of Washington’s runners at the NCAA Cross Country Championships earned individual All-Academic honors last week – having tallied a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better through the fall semester.
 
Past Winners

2011: Washington (Mo.)
2010: Middlebury
2009: UW-Eau Claire
2008: Middlebury
2007: Amherst
2006: Middlebury

187 Teams Earn All-Academic Status

In addition to the Scholar Team of the Year, the USTFCCCA also announced those women’s teams who earned 2011 Division III All-Academic Cross Country status.

A total of 187 institutions represent 38 conferences that compose the group. The NESCAC and MIAC each had ten institutions make the list to lead all leagues in Division III. The Centennial, NCAC, and WIAC followed with nine.

Of the 32 teams that participated in the national championship meet, 31 of those earned All-Academic status – including all eight regional champion teams.

To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.10 through the 2011 fall semester.

USTFCCCA 2011 Division III Cross Country All-Academic Teams, WOMEN

INSTITUTION CONFERENCE GPA
Albion College Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association 3.51
Allegheny College North Coast Athletic Conference 3.32
Allegheny College North Coast Athletic Conference 3.32
Amherst College New England Small College Athletic Conference 3.38
Augsburg College Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.26
Augustana College (Illinois) College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin 3.25
Babson College New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference 3.26
Bates College New England Small College Athletic Conference 3.40
Benedictine University (Illinois) Northern Athletics Conference 3.40
Bluffton University Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference 3.38
Bridgewater College (Virginia) Old Dominion Athletic Conference 3.20
Bryn Mawr College Centennial Conference 3.46
California Institute of Technology Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.58
Calvin College Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association 3.52
Carleton College Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.57
Carnegie Mellon University University Athletic Association 3.36
Carroll University (Wisconsin) Midwest Conference 3.46
Catholic University of America Landmark Conference 3.52
Centenary College (New Jersey) Colonial States Athletic Conference 3.53
Central College (Iowa) Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.27
Centre College Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference 3.35
Christopher Newport University USA South Athletic Conference 3.28
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.48
Coe College Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.42
Colby College New England Small College Athletic Conference 3.42
College at Brockport State University of New York Athletic Conference 3.21
College of St. Benedict Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.38
College of Wooster North Coast Athletic Conference 3.41
Colorado College Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference 3.60
Concordia College, Moorhead Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.68
Concordia University Chicago Northern Athletics Conference 3.18
Concordia University Texas American Southwest Conference 3.11
Connecticut College New England Small College Athletic Conference 3.51
Cornell College Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.41
Defiance College Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference 3.35
Denison University North Coast Athletic Conference 3.38
DePauw University North Coast Athletic Conference 3.29
Dickinson College Centennial Conference 3.31
Earlham College Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference 3.51
Eastern Mennonite University Old Dominion Athletic Conference 3.31
Elizabethtown College Middle Atlantic Conference 3.40
Elmhurst College College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin 3.43
Emory University University Athletic Association 3.50
Endicott College Commonwealth Coast Conference 3.24
Franciscan University of Steubenville Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference 3.41
Franklin & Marshall College Centennial Conference 3.47
Franklin College Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference 3.13
Geneva College Presidents’ Athletic Conference 3.21
Gettysburg College Centennial Conference 3.27
Goucher College Landmark Conference 3.41
Greenville College St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.29
Grinnell College Midwest Conference 3.46
Grove City College Presidents’ Athletic Conference 3.49
Gustavus Adolphus College Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.56
Gwynedd-Mercy College Colonial States Athletic Conference 3.41
Hamilton College New England Small College Athletic Conference 3.34
Hanover College Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference 3.11
Haverford College Centennial Conference 3.48
Hood College Capital Athletic Conference Inc. 3.39
Hope College Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association 3.56
Huntingdon College Great South Athletic Conference 3.22
Illinois Wesleyan University College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin 3.53
Ithaca College Empire 8 3.34
John Carroll University Ohio Athletic Conference 3.42
Keene State College Little East Conference 3.27
Kenyon College North Coast Athletic Conference 3.44
King’s College Middle Atlantic Conference 3.51
Lawrence University Midwest Conference 3.40
Lebanon Valley College Middle Atlantic Conference 3.41
Lewis & Clark College Northwest Conference 3.56
Linfield College Northwest Conference 3.44
Loras College Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.53
Luther College Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.59
Lynchburg College Old Dominion Athletic Conference 3.14
Lyndon State College North Atlantic Conference 3.21
Macalester College Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.58
Manchester College Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference 3.22
Manhattanville College Middle Atlantic Conference 3.41
Marietta College Ohio Athletic Conference 3.40
Mary Baldwin College USA South Athletic Conference 3.34
Massachusetts Institute of Technology New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference 3.64
McDaniel College Centennial Conference 3.53
Messiah College Middle Atlantic Conference 3.51
Middlebury College New England Small College Athletic Conference 3.68
Milwaukee School of Engineering Northern Athletics Conference 3.18
Misericordia University Middle Atlantic Conference 3.76
Monmouth College (Illinois) Midwest Conference 3.10
Moravian College Landmark Conference 3.19
Mount Holyoke College New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference 3.69
Muhlenberg College Centennial Conference 3.30
Nazareth College Empire 8 3.24
Nebraska Wesleyan University Independent 3.54
New York University University Athletic Association 3.40
North Central College College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin 3.48
Northwestern College (Minnesota) Upper Midwest Athletic Conference 3.47
Oberlin College North Coast Athletic Conference 3.42
Occidental College Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.47
Ohio Northern University Ohio Athletic Conference 3.38
Ohio Wesleyan University North Coast Athletic Conference 3.44
Olivet College Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association 3.41
Otterbein University Ohio Athletic Conference 3.37
Pacific University (Oregon) Northwest Conference 3.31
Piedmont College Great South Athletic Conference 3.55
Pomona-Pitzer Colleges Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.62
Principia College St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.46
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Liberty League 3.48
Rhodes College Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference 3.31
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey New Jersey Athletic Conference 3.49
Ripon College Midwest Conference 3.20
Roanoke College Old Dominion Athletic Conference 3.31
Rochester Institute of Technology Liberty League 3.31
Rockford College Northern Athletics Conference 3.14
Roger Williams University Commonwealth Coast Conference 3.26
Rowan University New Jersey Athletic Conference 3.25
Saint Mary’s College (Indiana) Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association 3.60
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.59
Salisbury University Capital Athletic Conference Inc. 3.44
Salve Regina University Commonwealth Coast Conference 3.13
Shenandoah University Old Dominion Athletic Conference 3.39
Simpson College Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.42
Smith College New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference 3.61
Southwestern University (Texas) Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference 3.44
St. Catherine University Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.41
St. Lawrence University Liberty League 3.23
St. Mary’s College of Maryland Capital Athletic Conference Inc. 3.33
St. Norbert College Midwest Conference 3.56
St. Olaf College Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.61
State University College at New Paltz State University of New York Athletic Conference 3.21
State University College at Oneonta State University of New York Athletic Conference 3.37
State University of New York at Geneseo State University of New York Athletic Conference 3.30
State University of New York at Oswego State University of New York Athletic Conference 3.31
Stevens Institute of Technology Empire 8 3.48
Susquehanna University Landmark Conference 3.42
Swarthmore College Centennial Conference 3.51
The College of New Jersey New Jersey Athletic Conference 3.56
The College of St. Scholastica Upper Midwest Athletic Conference 3.49
Trinity College (Connecticut) New England Small College Athletic Conference 3.30
Trinity University (Texas) Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference 3.26
Tufts University New England Small College Athletic Conference 3.50
University of Chicago University Athletic Association 3.45
University of Dubuque Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.47
University of La Verne Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.46
University of Mary Washington Capital Athletic Conference Inc. 3.13
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth Little East Conference 3.61
University of Minnesota, Morris Upper Midwest Athletic Conference 3.28
University of Mount Union Ohio Athletic Conference 3.62
University of Puget Sound Northwest Conference 3.33
University of Redlands Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.31
University of Rochester University Athletic Association 3.31
University of Southern Maine Little East Conference 3.32
University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.36
University of the Ozarks (Arkansas) American Southwest Conference 3.24
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.57
University of Wisconsin, La Crosse Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.28
University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.14
University of Wisconsin, Platteville Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.36
University of Wisconsin, River Falls Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.36
University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.25
University of Wisconsin, Stout Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.65
University of Wisconsin, Superior Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.36
University of Wisconsin, Whitewater Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.33
Ursinus College Centennial Conference 3.61
Utica College Empire 8 3.33
Vassar College Liberty League 3.44
Virginia Wesleyan College Old Dominion Athletic Conference 3.44
Wartburg College Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.29
Washington and Jefferson College Presidents’ Athletic Conference 3.27
Washington and Lee University Old Dominion Athletic Conference 3.52
Washington University (Missouri) University Athletic Association 3.70
Waynesburg University Presidents’ Athletic Conference 3.34
Wellesley College New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference 3.38
Wells College North Eastern Athletic Conference 3.17
Wesleyan University (Connecticut) New England Small College Athletic Conference 3.65
Westminster College (Pennsylvania) Presidents’ Athletic Conference 3.28
Wheaton College (Illinois) College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin 3.58
Whitman College Northwest Conference 3.51
Whittier College Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.23
Whitworth University Northwest Conference 3.49
Widener University Middle Atlantic Conference 3.33
Wilkes University Middle Atlantic Conference 3.52
Willamette University Northwest Conference 3.47
William Smith College Liberty League 3.77
Williams College New England Small College Athletic Conference 3.54
Wilmington College (Ohio) Ohio Athletic Conference 3.25
Wittenberg University North Coast Athletic Conference 3.34
Worcester Polytechnic Institute New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference 3.46
York College (Pennsylvania) Capital Athletic Conference Inc. 3.43