Western State Sweeps Scholar Team of the Year Award in DII with Women’s Nod

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

February 16, 2012   

NEW ORLEANS – The Mountaineers of Western State are the USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Women’s Scholar Team of the Year for the 2011 cross country season as announced Thursday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Western State’s women’s team finished as the national runner-up this fall. Their male counterparts were named Scholar Team of the Year on Monday.

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 – Western State

Western State, coached by Jennifer Michel, has tallied a cumulative team GPA of 3.61 through the fall 2011 semester.

The Mountaineers finished second as a team at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Squad members Lauren Kleppin, Anna Marshall, Sophie McNeely, Kristen Meadors, Chelsey Oeffler, and Julianne Payton earned All-Academic honors last week. Kleppin finished third in the NCAA Championship race.

Western State claimed their first region title since 2006 and won the RMAC title this fall as well.

Past Winners

2011: Western State
2010: Grand Valley State
2009: Adams State
2008: Adams State
2007: Adams State
2006: Adams State

124 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 II All-Academic Cross Country status.

A total of 124 institutions represent 23 conferences that compose the group. The PSAC notched 15 teams on the All-Academic list to lead the country. The Northeast-10 and GLIAC followed with 11 each.

Nebraska-Kearney and Gannon reported the highest cumulative team GPA at 3.78. Truman State and Central Missouri followed at 3.73.
Of the 24 teams that participated in the national final, 21 of those earned All-Academic status. Seven of eight regional-champion teams also earned the nod.

To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have tallied a team score at the NCAA Regional Championships.

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

INSTITUTION CONFERENCE
GPA
Adams State College Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.31
Adelphi University Northeast-10 Conference 3.48
American International College Northeast-10 Conference 3.52
Anderson University (South Carolina) South Atlantic Conference 3.65
Angelo State University Lone Star Conference 3.31
Ashland University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.45
Augusta State University Peach Belt Conference 3.26
Bellarmine University Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.35
Belmont Abbey College Conference Carolinas 3.31
Bemidji State University Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.27
Bentley University Northeast-10 Conference 3.35
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.31
C.W. Post Campus/Long Island University East Coast Conference 3.36
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona California Collegiate Athletic Association 3.19
California State University, Chico California Collegiate Athletic Association 3.35
California State University, San Bernardino California Collegiate Athletic Association 3.15
California University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.44
Carson-Newman College South Atlantic Conference 3.48
Central Washington University Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.30
Christian Brothers University Gulf South Conference 3.45
Clarion University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.54
Clark Atlanta University Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.13
Clayton State University Peach Belt Conference 3.32
Coker College Conference Carolinas 3.15
Colorado School of Mines Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.43
Columbus State University Peach Belt Conference 3.27
Delta State University Gulf South Conference 3.51
Drury University Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.56
East Central University Great American Conference 3.20
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.22
Eastern New Mexico University Lone Star Conference 3.39
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.70
Fairmont State University West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.30
Ferris State University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.47
Flagler College Peach Belt Conference 3.24
Florida Institute of Technology Sunshine State Conference 3.51
Fort Hays State University Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.33
Gannon University Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.78
Georgia College & State University Peach Belt Conference 3.06
Georgian Court University Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference 3.28
Grand Valley State University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.46
Harding University Great American Conference 3.31
Hawaii Pacific University Pacific West Conference 3.04
Hillsdale College Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.43
Humboldt State University California Collegiate Athletic Association 3.28
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.10
King College Conference Carolinas 3.27
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.41
Lake Superior State University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.12
Le Moyne College Northeast-10 Conference 3.46
Lees-McRae College Conference Carolinas 3.13
Lenoir-Rhyne University South Atlantic Conference 3.51
Lewis University Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.33
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.15
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.60
Mars Hill College South Atlantic Conference 3.02
Mercyhurst College Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.53
Merrimack College Northeast-10 Conference 3.22
Metropolitan State College of Denver Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.13
Michigan Technological University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.48
Midwestern State University Lone Star Conference 3.18
Millersville University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.23
Missouri Southern State University Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.43
Missouri University of Science and Technology Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.49
Molloy College East Coast Conference 3.43
Montana State University Billings Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.37
Newman University Heartland Conference 3.21
Northern Kentucky University Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.51
Northern Michigan University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.58
Northern State University Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.11
Northwest Missouri State University Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.35
Northwest Nazarene University Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.25
Nova Southeastern University Sunshine State Conference 3.37
Palm Beach Atlantic University Independent 3.38
Philadelphia University Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference 3.48
Pittsburg State University Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.55
Queens College (New York) East Coast Conference 3.57
Regis University (Colorado) Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.60
Saginaw Valley State University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.65
Saint Anselm College Northeast-10 Conference 3.21
Saint Leo University Sunshine State Conference 3.50
San Francisco State University California Collegiate Athletic Association 3.28
Seattle Pacific University Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.56
Seton Hill University West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.49
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.27
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.42
Southern Arkansas University Great American Conference 3.52
Southern New Hampshire University Northeast-10 Conference 3.45
Southwest Baptist University Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.10
St. Martin’s University Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.16
St. Thomas Aquinas College East Coast Conference 3.43
Stonehill College Northeast-10 Conference 3.23
The College of Saint Rose Northeast-10 Conference 3.28
The University of Findlay Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.32
Tiffin University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.61
Truman State University Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.73
University of Alaska Anchorage Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.36
University of Alaska Fairbanks Great Northwest Athletic Conference 3.61
University of California, San Diego California Collegiate Athletic Association 3.36
University of Central Missouri Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 3.73
University of Central Oklahoma Lone Star Conference 3.43
University of Charleston (West Virginia) West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.48
University of Mary Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.59
University of Massachusetts Lowell Northeast-10 Conference 3.32
University of Minnesota Duluth Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.00
University of Montevallo Peach Belt Conference 3.27
University of Nebraska at Kearney Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.78
University of New Haven Northeast-10 Conference 3.34
University of North Carolina at Pembroke Peach Belt Conference 3.25
University of Southern Indiana Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.53
University of Tampa Sunshine State Conference 3.53
University of the Sciences Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference 3.39
University of West Florida Gulf South Conference 3.01
University of West Georgia Gulf South Conference 3.25
University of Wisconsin, Parkside Great Lakes Valley Conference 3.38
Wayne State University (Michigan) Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.20
West Chester University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3.27
West Liberty University West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.26
West Texas A&M University Lone Star Conference 3.43
Western State College of Colorado Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 3.61
Wheeling Jesuit University West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3.26
Wilmington University (Delaware) Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference 3.55
Wingate University South Atlantic Conference 3.13
Winona State University Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3.48