Wisconsin Takes Title as Cross Country Scholar Team of the Year

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

February 15, 2012   

NEW ORLEANS – The Badgers of the University of Wisconsin are the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Men’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). Wisconsin won their first NCAA Cross Country Championship title since 2005 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 I
Cross Country Men’s Scholar Team of the Year – University of Wisconsin

Wisconsin, coached by Mick Byrne, has a cumulative team GPA of 3.08 through the 2011 fall semester.

The Badgers won their fifth NCAA men’s cross country title of all-time this fall, scoring 97 points to finish ahead of runner-up and two-time defending champion Oklahoma State (139).

USTFCCCA All-Americans Ryan Collins, Reed Connor, and Elliot Krause were honored last week as All-Academic individuals for the 2011 season.

Wisconsin also won the NCAA Great Lakes title for the tenth-straight year this season. Wisconsin won with 50 points, placing their five scorers in an 8-9-10-11-12 bunch to nearest challenger Indiana’s 70. Wisconsin also won their 13th-straight Big Ten title this fall.

Past Winners

2011: Wisconsin
2010: Florida State
2009: Oklahoma State
2008: Iona
2007: Iona
2006: Iona

147 Teams Earn All-Academic Status

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

A total of 147 institutions represent 30 conferences that compose the group. The Big East Conference had the most squads make the list with 11. The Big 12 followed with eight.

Chattanooga reported the highest cumulative team GPA in the country through the fall 2011 semester at 3.81. Creighton followed at 3.72.

Seven of the top ten finishing teams at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships earned All-Academic status. Of the 31 teams that participated in the national meet, 20 of those earned All-Academic status.

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 started at least five runners at their respective NCAA regional championship.

USTFCCCA 2011 Division I Cross Country All-Academic Teams, MEN

INSTITUTION CONFERENCE
GPA
Appalachian State University Southern Conference 3.05
Arizona State University Pacific-12 Conference 3.28
Auburn University Southeastern Conference 3.58
Baylor University Big 12 Conference 3.43
Belmont University Atlantic Sun Conference 3.21
Binghamton University America East Conference 3.19
Boston College Atlantic Coast Conference 3.13
Bowling Green State University Mid-American Conference 3.35
Bradley University Missouri Valley Conference 3.17
Brigham Young University West Coast Conference 3.48
Brown University Ivy Group 3.51
Butler University Horizon League 3.13
Central Connecticut State University Northeast Conference 3.33
Clemson University Atlantic Coast Conference 3.11
Coastal Carolina University Big South Conference 3.30
Colgate University Patriot League 3.37
College of Charleston (South Carolina) Southern Conference 3.28
Colorado State University Mountain West Conference 3.15
Columbia University Ivy Group 3.19
Cornell University Ivy Group 3.24
Creighton University Missouri Valley Conference 3.72
Dartmouth College Ivy Group 3.36
Davidson College Southern Conference 3.33
DePaul University Big East Conference 3.30
Drake University Missouri Valley Conference 3.22
Eastern Illinois University Ohio Valley Conference 3.47
Elon University Southern Conference 3.04
Fairfield University Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 3.31
Florida State University Atlantic Coast Conference 3.13
Fordham University Atlantic 10 Conference 3.37
George Mason University Colonial Athletic Association 3.16
Georgetown University Big East Conference 3.34
Georgia State University Colonial Athletic Association 3.00
Gonzaga University West Coast Conference 3.20
Harvard University Ivy Group 3.46
High Point University Big South Conference 3.07
Idaho State University Big Sky Conference 3.31
Indiana State University Missouri Valley Conference 3.25
Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis The Summit League 3.23
Iona College Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 3.19
Iowa State University Big 12 Conference 3.01
Kennesaw State University Atlantic Sun Conference 3.22
Kent State University Mid-American Conference 3.20
La Salle University Atlantic 10 Conference 3.11
Lafayette College Patriot League 3.34
Lamar University Southland Conference 3.25
Lehigh University Patriot League 3.15
Lipscomb University Atlantic Sun Conference 3.44
Loyola Marymount University West Coast Conference 3.14
Loyola University Chicago Horizon League 3.40
Loyola University Maryland Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 3.07
Manhattan College Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 3.06
Marist College Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 3.36
Marquette University Big East Conference 3.15
Mercer University Atlantic Sun Conference 3.41
Miami University (Ohio) Mid-American Conference 3.40
Michigan State University Big Ten Conference 3.01
Mississippi State University Southeastern Conference 3.54
Monmouth University Northeast Conference 3.19
Montana State University-Bozeman Big Sky Conference 3.57
New Jersey Institute of Technology Great West Conference 3.08
New Mexico State University Western Athletic Conference 3.33
North Carolina State University Atlantic Coast Conference 3.38
Northern Arizona University Big Sky Conference 3.22
Ohio University Mid-American Conference 3.19
Oklahoma State University Big 12 Conference 3.20
Pennsylvania State University Big Ten Conference 3.05
Princeton University Ivy Group 3.12
Purdue University Big Ten Conference 3.12
Quinnipiac University Northeast Conference 3.32
Rice University Conference USA 3.17
Rider University Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 3.28
Robert Morris University Northeast Conference 3.16
Rutgers University, New Brunswick Big East Conference 3.25
Sacred Heart University Northeast Conference 3.12
Saint Francis University (Pennsylvania) Northeast Conference 3.34
Santa Clara University West Coast Conference 3.55
Siena College Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 3.25
Southeast Missouri State University Ohio Valley Conference 3.62
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Missouri Valley Conference 3.48
Southern Utah University The Summit League 3.22
Stanford University Pacific-12 Conference 3.35
Stony Brook University America East Conference 3.14
Syracuse University Big East Conference 3.22
Temple University Atlantic 10 Conference 3.16
Texas A&M University, College Station Big 12 Conference 3.01
Texas Tech University Big 12 Conference 3.36
The Ohio State University Big Ten Conference 3.25
Tulane University Conference USA 3.34
U.S. Military Academy Patriot League 3.23
U.S. Naval Academy Patriot League 3.12
University at Albany America East Conference 3.16
University of Akron Mid-American Conference 3.17
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa Southeastern Conference 3.07
University of Arkansas, Little Rock Sun Belt Conference 3.04
University of California, Berkeley Pacific-12 Conference 3.31
University of California, Riverside Big West Conference 3.24
University of Cincinnati Big East Conference 3.33
University of Connecticut Big East Conference 3.15
University of Dayton Atlantic 10 Conference 3.29
University of Detroit Mercy Horizon League 3.42
University of Evansville Missouri Valley Conference 3.41
University of Georgia Southeastern Conference 3.22
University of Idaho Western Athletic Conference 3.50
University of Illinois at Chicago Horizon League 3.01
University of Illinois, Champaign Big Ten Conference 3.31
University of Kansas Big 12 Conference 3.21
University of Kentucky Southeastern Conference 3.19
University of Louisville Big East Conference 3.38
University of Maryland, College Park Atlantic Coast Conference 3.11
University of Memphis Conference USA 3.59
University of Michigan Big Ten Conference 3.06
University of Mississippi Southeastern Conference 3.07
University of Missouri, Columbia Big 12 Conference 3.51
University of Missouri, Kansas City The Summit League 3.26
University of Montana Big Sky Conference 3.11
University of Nebraska, Lincoln Big Ten Conference 3.23
University of North Carolina, Charlotte Atlantic 10 Conference 3.14
University of North Carolina, Greensboro Southern Conference 3.50
University of North Carolina, Wilmington Colonial Athletic Association 3.07
University of Notre Dame Big East Conference 3.32
University of Oklahoma Big 12 Conference 3.08
University of Pennsylvania Ivy Group 3.36
University of Portland West Coast Conference 3.08
University of Richmond Atlantic 10 Conference 3.21
University of San Francisco West Coast Conference 3.22
University of South Florida Big East Conference 3.39
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Southern Conference 3.81
University of Texas at El Paso Conference USA 3.14
University of Tulsa Conference USA 3.48
University of Vermont America East Conference 3.07
University of Virginia Atlantic Coast Conference 3.14
University of Wisconsin, Green Bay Horizon League 3.09
University of Wisconsin, Madison Big Ten Conference 3.08
University of Wyoming Mountain West Conference 3.57
Utah State University Western Athletic Conference 3.25
Utah Valley University Great West Conference 3.09
UTSA Southland Conference 3.10
Vanderbilt University Southeastern Conference 3.49
Villanova University Big East Conference 3.54
Wake Forest University Atlantic Coast Conference 3.13
Washington State University Pacific-12 Conference 3.13
Weber State University Big Sky Conference 3.23
Western Carolina University Southern Conference 3.15
Western Kentucky University Sun Belt Conference 3.39
Wichita State University Missouri Valley Conference 3.25
Winthrop University Big South Conference 3.16
Wright State University Horizon League 3.27
Yale University Ivy Group 3.49