UW-Eau Claire Men’s Team Notches Both Scholar Team of the Awards in DIII

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

July 26, 2012   

NEW ORLEANS – The men’s track & field team at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire was named as Scholar Team of the Year in Division III for the 2012 indoor and outdoor seasons by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The squad earned the distinction as a result of being the highest-placing team with at least a 3.10-cumulative GPA at the most recent NCAA indoor and outdoor championship, respectively. In addition, the USTFCCCA announced 74 teams as All-Academic teams for the track & field seasons.

Indoor Track & Field Scholar Team of the Year – UW-Eau Claire
Outdoor Track & Field Scholar Team of the Year – UW-Eau Claire

UW-Eau Claire swept Scholar Team of the Year honors with a cumulative team GPA of 3.22.

At the NCAA Indoor Championships, the Blugolds finished as the national runner-up, scoring 37 points to place just behind champion North Central (Ill.). Tyler Genovese, the USTFCCCA National Scholar Field Athlete of the Year for the indoor season, was the national champion of ht weight throw.

In the outdoor national meet, UWEC placed sixth overall. Genovese placed second in the discus and fifth in the hammer to help the team to 30 points. Thurgood Dennis placed second in the 200 meters and third in the 100 meters.

Genovese was one of eight on the squad to earn All-Academic honors. The others were Thomas Breitbach, Aaron Easker, Jeremy Kieser, Joe Lilek, Bart Mestelle, Marty Richardson, and Cory White.

Past Scholar-Team of the Year Winners

Indoor Track & Field
2012: UW-Eau Claire
2011: UW-La Crosse
2010: UW-La Crosse
2009: Whitworth
2008: UW-La Crosse
2007: Tufts

Outdoor Track & Field
2012: UW-Eau Claire
2011: UW-La Crosse
2010: Salisbury
2009: Whitworth
2008: Whitworth
2007: UW-Platteville

All-Academic Status Earned by 74 Teams

In addition to the Scholar Teams of the Year, the USTFCCCA also announced the men’s 2012 Division III All-Academic Track & Field Teams. A total of 74 institutions earned the distinction as a result of a cumulative team GPA of 3.10 or better.

Cal Tech reported the best cumulative team GPA (3.60) among Division III men’s programs. Pomona-Pitzer (3.56) and Middlebury (3.53) were among the top three reports.

The MIAC lead all conferences with eight teams named as All-Academic. They were followed by the NESCAC (7) and the Northwest Conference (6).

USTFCCCA 2012 Division III Track & Field All-Academic Teams, MEN

INSTITUTION CONFERENCE
GPA
Adrian College Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
3.13
Amherst College New England Small College Athletic Conference
3.46
Babson College New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference
3.15
California Institute of Technology Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
3.60
Calvin College Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
3.20
Carleton College Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
3.35
Carnegie Mellon University University Athletic Association
3.33
Carroll University (Wisconsin) Midwest Conference
3.11
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
3.43
Colby College New England Small College Athletic Conference
3.40
College of Wooster North Coast Athletic Conference
3.32
Colorado College Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
3.30
Concordia College, Moorhead Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
3.28
Connecticut College New England Small College Athletic Conference
3.40
Dickinson College Centennial Conference
3.18
Elizabethtown College Middle Atlantic Conference
3.20
Emory University University Athletic Association
3.40
Geneva College Presidents’ Athletic Conference
3.18
George Fox University Northwest Conference
3.14
Goucher College Landmark Conference
3.16
Grinnell College Midwest Conference
3.30
Gustavus Adolphus College Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
3.13
Hamilton College New England Small College Athletic Conference
3.18
Haverford College Centennial Conference
3.41
Hood College Capital Athletic Conference Inc.
3.13
Hope College Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
3.16
Illinois Wesleyan University College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin
3.22
Ithaca College Empire 8
3.21
Johns Hopkins University Centennial Conference
3.18
Kenyon College North Coast Athletic Conference
3.37
Lawrence University Midwest Conference
3.38
Linfield College Northwest Conference
3.12
Macalester College Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
3.45
Massachusetts Institute of Technology New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference
3.52
Messiah College Middle Atlantic Conference
3.15
Middlebury College New England Small College Athletic Conference
3.53
Muhlenberg College Centennial Conference
3.32
Nebraska Wesleyan University Independent
3.37
Oberlin College North Coast Athletic Conference
3.27
Ohio Northern University Ohio Athletic Conference
3.24
Ohio Wesleyan University North Coast Athletic Conference
3.19
Olivet College Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
3.31
Pacific Lutheran University Northwest Conference
3.16
Pomona-Pitzer Colleges Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
3.56
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Liberty League
3.29
Rhodes College Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
3.23
Rochester Institute of Technology Liberty League
3.23
Saint John’s University (Minnesota) Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
3.16
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
3.21
Saint Vincent College Presidents’ Athletic Conference
3.19
Simpson College Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
3.16
Springfield College New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference
3.17
St. Joseph’s College (Long Island) Skyline Conference
3.35
St. Lawrence University Liberty League
3.23
St. Olaf College Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
3.24
The College of New Jersey New Jersey Athletic Conference
3.33
The College of St. Scholastica Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
3.35
Trinity University (Texas) Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
3.28
Tufts University New England Small College Athletic Conference
3.23
University of Chicago University Athletic Association
3.34
University of Puget Sound Northwest Conference
3.22
University of Rochester University Athletic Association
3.43
University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
3.16
University of the South Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
3.26
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
3.22
University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
3.14
Ursinus College Centennial Conference
3.44
Vassar College Liberty League
3.30
Washington and Lee University Old Dominion Athletic Conference
3.11
Washington University (Missouri) University Athletic Association
3.48
Whitworth University Northwest Conference
3.23
Willamette University Northwest Conference
3.22
Williams College New England Small College Athletic Conference
3.29
Worcester Polytechnic Institute New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference
3.43