Division II Champ Adams State Named 2012 Cross Country Men’s Scholar Team of the Year

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

February 25, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – The Grizzlies of Adams State University are the USTFCCCA NCAA Division II 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). Adams State won the NCAA Cross Country Championship title this fall – their fourth in five 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 II
Cross Country Men’s Scholar Team of the Year – Adams State University

The Grizzlies, coached by DII National Men’s Coach of the Year Damon Martin, have earned a cumulative 3.046 team grade point average through the 2012 fall semester.

Adams State captured not only its fourth title in the past five years, but also its ninth in program history – most in DII history – and did so in dominating fashion. Led by three of the race’s top four individual finishers in runner-up sophomore Kevin Batt, sophomore Tabor Stevens (third) and sophomore Matthew Daniels (fourth), the Grizzlies scored just 34 points and defeated runner-up Colorado mines by 68 points.

Each of Adams State’s seven runners earned USTFCCCA All-America honors. In addition to Batt, Stevens and Daniels, senior David Sanchez (12th), sophomore John Luterbach (15th), senior Andrew Roberts (25th) and junior Jovanny Godinez also earned the distinction.

Past Winners

2012: Adams State
2011: Western State
2010: Western State
2009: Adams State
2008: Adams State
2007: Abilene Christian
2006: Western State

88 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 II All-Academic Cross Country status.

A total of 88 institutions represent 21 conferences that compose the group. The NSIC led the way with 10 teams earning All-Academic status while GLIAC followed on the conference honor roll with nine.

Sioux Falls reported the highest cumulative team GPA in the country for all men’s teams in all three NCAA divisions through the fall 2012 semester at 3.732. Truman State followed at 3.61.

Eight of the top ten finishing teams at the 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championships earned All-Academic status. Of the 32 teams that participated in the national meet, 18 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 compiled a team score at their respective NCAA regional championship.

USTFCCCA 2012 Division II Cross Country Men’s All-Academic Teams

Institution Conference GPA
Adams State University RMAC 3.046
Adelphi University Northeast-10 3.08
American International College Northeast-10 3.33
Anderson University (South Carolina) SAC 3.29
Angelo State University Lone Star 3.25
Ashland University GLIAC 3.115
Augustana College (South Dakota) NSIC 3.04
Bellarmine University GLVC 3.22
Belmont Abbey College Conf. Carolinas 3.11
Bentley University Northeast-10 3.41
C.W. Post Campus/Long Island University East Coast 3.23
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona CCAA 3.09
California State University, Stanislaus CCAA 3
California University of Pennsylvania PSAC 3.349
Carson-Newman College SAC 3.3
Catawba College SAC 3.26
Cedarville University G-MAC 3.31
Central Washington University GNAC 3.279
Christian Brothers University Gulf South 3.35
Colorado Christian University RMAC 3.098
Columbus State University Peach Belt 3.19
Concord University WVIAC 3.23
Concordia University, St. Paul NSIC 3.47
Drury University GLVC 3.2404
East Central University Great American 3.07
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania PSAC 3.14
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania PSAC 3.404
Fairmont State University WVIAC 3.19
Florida Institute of Technology Sunshine 3.068
Fort Hays State University MIAA 3.15
Gannon University PSAC 3.58
Georgia College & State University Peach Belt 3.44
Grand Valley State University GLIAC 3.11
Harding University Great American 3.1
Hillsdale College GLIAC 3.334
Humboldt State University CCAA 3.12
King College Conf. Carolinas 3.183
Lake Superior State University GLIAC 3.269
Le Moyne College Northeast-10 3.131
Lewis University GLVC 3.31
Limestone College Conf. Carolinas 3.08
Lincoln Memorial University SAC 3.27
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania PSAC 3.045
Mars Hill College SAC 3.15
Mercyhurst University PSAC 3.034
Michigan Technological University GLIAC 3.42
Minnesota State University, Mankato NSIC 3.07
Minot State University NSIC 3.222
Missouri Southern State University MIAA 3
Montana State University Billings GNAC 3.06
Newman University Heartland Conference 3.193
Northern State University NSIC 3.16
Northwest Missouri State University MIAA 3.12
Northwest Nazarene University GNAC 3.03
Queens College (New York) East Coast 3.473
Saginaw Valley State University GLIAC 3.24
Saint Anselm College Northeast-10 3.103
Saint Leo University Sunshine 3.26
Seattle Pacific University GNAC 3.24
Seton Hill University WVIAC 3.13
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania PSAC 3.49
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Independent (D-II) 3.355
Southwest Baptist University MIAA 3.243
St. Thomas Aquinas College East Coast 3.05
Stonehill College Northeast-10 3.08
The University of Findlay GLIAC 3.31
Tiffin University GLIAC 3.11
Truman State University MIAA 3.61
University of Alaska Anchorage GNAC 3.21
University of Alaska Fairbanks GNAC 3.08
University of California, San Diego CCAA 3.19
University of Central Missouri MIAA 3.26
University of Mary NSIC 3.19
University of Massachusetts Lowell Northeast-10 3
University of Minnesota Duluth NSIC 3.29
University of Montevallo Peach Belt 3.22
University of Nebraska at Kearney MIAA 3.235
University of Sioux Falls NSIC 3.732
University of West Georgia Gulf South 3.076
Valdosta State University Gulf South 3.45
Wayne State College (Nebraska) NSIC 3.045
Wayne State University (Michigan) GLIAC 3.33
West Chester University of Pennsylvania PSAC 3.413
West Texas A&M University Lone Star 3.57
West Virginia Wesleyan College WVIAC 3.354
Western State Colorado University RMAC 3.31
Wingate University SAC 3.238
Winona State University NSIC 3.01