National Champion Oklahoma State Named 2012 DI Men’s Cross Country Scholar Team of the Year

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

February 25, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – The Cowboys of Oklahoma State University are the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Men’s Scholar Team of the Year for the 2012 cross country season as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Oklahoma State won the NCAA Cross Country Championship title this fall – its third in four years.

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 – Oklahoma State University

The Cowboys, coached by Bill Dellinger National DI Men’s Coach of the Year Dave Smith, have earned a 3.203 cumulative grade point average through the 2012 fall semester.

After sharing the Midwest Regional crown with in-state Rival Oklahoma, the Cowboys stormed back for one of the more dominant NCAA Championship performances in recent memory, taking their third NCAA title in four years with a trim 72 points – the fewest since Wisconsin’s 37 in 2005 – in a 63-point victory over runner-up and defending champion Wisconsin.

Senior Girma Mecheso led the Cowboys with a fifth-place individual finish as one of Oklahoma State’s national-best four All-Americans. Junior Tom Farrell (ninth), junior Shadrack Kipchirchir (18th) and junior Joseph Manilafasha (24th) also earned All-America honors from the USTFCCCA.

Past Winners

2012: Oklahoma State
2011: Wisconsin
2010: Florida State
2009: Oklahoma State
2008: Iona
2007: Iona
2006: Iona

145 Teams Earn All-Academic Status

In addition to the Scholar Team of the Year, the USTFCCCA also announced those Men’s teams who earned 2012 Division I All-Academic Cross Country status.

A total of 145 institutions represent 30 conferences that compose the group. The Big East Conference had the most squads make the list with nine. The Big Ten followed with eight.

Memphis reported the highest cumulative team GPA in the country through the fall 2012 semester at 3.65. Chattanooga followed at 3.64.

Seven of the top ten finishing teams at the 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championships earned All-Academic status. Of the 31 teams that participated in the national meet, 23 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 2012 Division I Cross Country Men’s All-Academic Teams

Institution Conference GPA
American University Patriot 3.24
Appalachian State University Southern 3.172
Arizona State University Pac-12 3.48
Auburn University SEC 3.55
Baylor University Big 12 3.45
Binghamton University America East 3
Boston College ACC 3.252
Bowling Green State University Mid-American 3.533
Bradley University Missouri Valley 3.16
Brigham Young University West Coast 3.16
Bucknell University Patriot 3.12
Central Connecticut State University Northeast 3.06
Central Michigan University Mid-American 3.25
Coastal Carolina University Big South 3.342
Colgate University Patriot 3.41
Colorado State University Mountain West 3.301
Columbia University Ivy 3.05
Cornell University Ivy 3.2
Dartmouth College Ivy 3.44
Davidson College Southern 3.34
DePaul University Big East 3.196
Drake University Missouri Valley 3.386
Duke University ACC 3.38
East Tennessee State University Atlantic Sun 3.32
Eastern Illinois University Ohio Valley 3.42
Eastern Kentucky University Ohio Valley 3.24
Elon University Southern 3.11
Fairfield University Metro Atlantic 3.44
Florida Atlantic University Sun Belt 3.285
Florida State University ACC 3.207
Fordham University Atlantic 10 3.353
Furman University Southern 3.21
George Mason University Colonial 3.285
George Washington University Atlantic 10 3.1
Georgetown University Big East 3.23
Georgia Institute of Technology ACC 3.15
Harvard University Ivy 3.491
Idaho State University Big Sky 3.1
Indiana State University Missouri Valley 3.2
Indiana University, Bloomington Big Ten 3.05
Iona College Metro Atlantic 3.18
IUPUI Summit League 3.24
Kennesaw State University Atlantic Sun 3.11
La Salle University Atlantic 10 3.23
Lafayette College Patriot 3.18
Lamar University Southland 3.24
Lehigh University Patriot 3.14
Lipscomb University Atlantic Sun 3.42
Loyola Marymount University West Coast 3.18
Loyola University Chicago Horizon 3.386
Manhattan College Metro Atlantic 3.14
Marist College Metro Atlantic 3.26
Marquette University Big East 3.265
Marshall University Conference USA 3.3
Mercer University Atlantic Sun 3.462
Miami University (Ohio) Mid-American 3.37
Michigan State University Big Ten 3.122
Mississippi State University SEC 3.51
Monmouth University Northeast 3.214
Montana State University-Bozeman Big Sky 3.207
Morehead State University Ohio Valley 3.17
New Jersey Institute of Technology Great West 3.08
New Mexico State University WAC 3.243
North Carolina State University ACC 3.002
North Dakota State University Summit League 3.45
Northeastern University Colonial 3.316
Northern Arizona University Big Sky 3.39
Oakland University Summit League 3.13
Ohio University Mid-American 3.207
Oklahoma State University Big 12 3.203
Pennsylvania State University Big Ten 3.28
Purdue University Big Ten 3.06
Quinnipiac University Northeast 3.35
Rice University Conference USA 3.467
Richmond Atlantic 10 3.29
Rider University Metro Atlantic 3.28
Robert Morris University Northeast 3.513
Rutgers University, New Brunswick Big East 3.328
Sacred Heart University Northeast 3.107
Saint Francis University (Pennsylvania) Northeast 3.32
Sam Houston State University Southland 3.18
Seattle University WAC 3.46
South Dakota State University Summit League 3.306
Southeast Missouri State University Ohio Valley 3.48
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Missouri Valley 3.477
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Ohio Valley 3.41
Southern Utah University Big Sky 3.41
Stony Brook University America East 3.15
Syracuse University Big East 3.218
Temple University Atlantic 10 3.03
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Southland 3.127
Texas Tech University Big 12 3.061
The University of Pennsylvania Ivy 3.24
U.S. Military Academy Patriot 3.19
U.S. Naval Academy Patriot 3.05
UNCG Southern 3.27
University at Albany America East 3.14
University of Akron Mid-American 3.342
University of Arkansas, Little Rock Sun Belt 3.14
University of California, Davis Big West 3.15
University of California, Riverside Big West 3.013
University of Central Arkansas Southland 3.235
University of Dayton Atlantic 10 3.34
University of Detroit Mercy Horizon 3.388
University of Evansville Missouri Valley 3.181
University of Georgia SEC 3.16
University of Hartford America East 3.33
University of Idaho WAC 3.19
University of Illinois, Champaign Big Ten 3.298
University of Kansas Big 12 3.19
University of Kentucky SEC 3.324
University of Louisville Big East 3.302
University of Memphis Conference USA 3.65
University of Michigan Big Ten 3.013
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Big Ten 3.079
University of Mississippi SEC 3.28
University of Missouri, Columbia SEC 3.033
University of North Carolina, Charlotte Atlantic 10 3.067
University of North Dakota Big Sky 3.225
University of North Texas Sun Belt 3.31
University of Notre Dame Big East 3.298
University of Oklahoma Big 12 3.15
University of Portland West Coast 3.282
University of San Francisco West Coast 3.19
University of South Alabama Sun Belt 3.091
University of South Carolina Upstate Atlantic Sun 3.076
University of South Dakota Summit League 3.54
University of South Florida Big East 3.14
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Southern 3.64
University of Texas at Arlington WAC 3.4
University of Tulsa Conference USA 3.53
University of Vermont America East 3.14
University of Virginia ACC 3.115
University of Wisconsin, Madison Big Ten 3.07
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Horizon 3.021
University of Wyoming Mountain West 3.385
Utah Valley University Great West 3.25
Vanderbilt University SEC 3.377
Villanova University Big East 3.287
Virginia Tech ACC 3.02
Washington State University Pac-12 3.35
Weber State University Big Sky 3.39
Western Carolina University Southern 3.275
Western Kentucky University Sun Belt 3.457
Wright State University Horizon 3.36
Yale University Ivy 3.56