Division II Champs Grand Valley State Earn 2012 DII Cross Country Women’s Scholar Team of the Year Honors

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

February 25, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – The Lakers of Grand Valley State University are the USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Women’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). Grand Valley State University won the NCAA Cross Country Championship title this fall.

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 – Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State, coached by DII National Women’s Coach of the Year Jerry Baltes, have earned a 3.312 cumulative team grade point average through the fall of 2012.

The Lakers won their second NCAA cross country championship in three years in dramatic fashion, scoring 101 points to edge out runner-up and defending national champion Augustana (S.D.)’s 104 points and Adams State’s total of 109. Two GVSU runners finished among the top six in freshman Jessica Janecke (fourth) and sophomore Allyson Winchester (sixth), and sophomore Hannah Osborn finished 26th to give GVSU three USTFCCCA All-Americans.

In addition to their NCAA title, the Lakers continued streaks of dominance in both regional and conference competition. Including wins this season, the Baltes-led Lakers have won both the region and the GLIAC in each of his 12 seasons.

Past Winners

2012: Grand Valley State
2011: Western State
2010: Grand Valley State
2009: Adams State
2008: Adams State
2007: Adams State
2006: Adams State

127 Teams Earn All-Academic Status

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

A total of 127 institutions represent 23 conferences that compose the group. The PSAC claimed 15 squads on the All-Academic list to lead all conferences. The Northeast-10 followed with 12.

King College reported the highest cumulative team GPA in the country for all divisions and genders through the fall 2012 semester at 3.819. Valdosta State followed at 3.77.

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, 27 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 Women’s All-Academic Teams

Institution Conference GPA
Adams State University RMAC 3.355
Adelphi University Northeast-10 3.29
American International College Northeast-10 3.41
Anderson University (South Carolina) SAC 3.44
Angelo State University Lone Star 3.35
Ashland University GLIAC 3.374
Augustana College (South Dakota) NSIC 3.17
Bellarmine University GLVC 3.47
Belmont Abbey College Conf. Carolinas 3.21
Bemidji State University NSIC 3.22
Bentley University Northeast-10 3.41
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania PSAC 3.38
Brevard College SAC 3.694
C.W. Post Campus/Long Island University East Coast 3.45
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona CCAA 3.37
California State University, San Bernardino CCAA 3.24
California State University, Stanislaus CCAA 3.22
California University of Pennsylvania PSAC 3.161
Carson-Newman College SAC 3.464
Catawba College SAC 3.22
Cedarville University G-MAC 3.583
Central Washington University GNAC 3.357
Chadron State College RMAC 3.24
Clarion University of Pennsylvania PSAC 3.333
Clayton State University Peach Belt 3.51
Colorado Christian University RMAC 3.408
Columbus State University Peach Belt 3.01
Delta State University Gulf South 3.51
Drury University GLVC 3.54
East Central University Great American 3.19
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania PSAC 3.17
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania PSAC 3.628
Fairmont State University WVIAC 3.46
Ferris State University GLIAC 3.151
Florida Institute of Technology Sunshine 3.457
Fort Hays State University MIAA 3.33
Franklin Pierce University Northeast-10 3.2
Gannon University PSAC 3.72
Georgia College & State University Peach Belt 3.37
Grand Canyon University PacWest 3.43
Grand Valley State University GLIAC 3.312
Harding University Great American 3.6
Hillsdale College GLIAC 3.28
Humboldt State University CCAA 3.18
Indiana University of Pennsylvania PSAC 3.29
King College Conf. Carolinas 3.819
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania PSAC 3.35
Lake Superior State University GLIAC 3.125
Le Moyne College Northeast-10 3.365
Lees-McRae College Conf. Carolinas 3.43
Lenoir-Rhyne University SAC 3.49
Lewis University GLVC 3.35
Lincoln Memorial University SAC 3.37
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania PSAC 3.279
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania PSAC 3.61
Mars Hill College SAC 3.06
Mercyhurst University PSAC 3.397
Merrimack College Northeast-10 3.458
Michigan Technological University GLIAC 3.45
Millersville University of Pennsylvania PSAC 3.41
Minot State University NSIC 3.507
Missouri Southern State University MIAA 3.35
Montana State University Billings GNAC 3.5
Newman University Heartland Conference 3.436
Northern Michigan University GLIAC 3.49
Northern State University NSIC 3.44
Northwest Missouri State University MIAA 3.55
Northwest Nazarene University GNAC 3.14
Nova Southeastern University Sunshine 3.03
Palm Beach Atlantic University Independent (D-II) 3.15
Philadelphia University CACC 3.01
Pittsburg State University MIAA 3.57
Queens College (New York) East Coast 3.515
Saginaw Valley State University GLIAC 3.503
Saint Anselm College Northeast-10 3.216
San Francisco State University CCAA 3.29
Seattle Pacific University GNAC 3.48
Seton Hill University WVIAC 3.52
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania PSAC 3.414
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania PSAC 3.29
Sonoma State University CCAA 3.176
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Independent (D-II) 3.21
Southern Arkansas University Great American 3.45
Southern Connecticut State University Northeast-10 3.58
Southwest Baptist University MIAA 3.583
St. Thomas Aquinas College East Coast 3.21
Stonehill College Northeast-10 3.26
The College of Saint Rose Northeast-10 3.32
The University of Findlay GLIAC 3.52
Tiffin University GLIAC 3.28
Truman State University MIAA 3.61
University of Alaska Anchorage GNAC 3.25
University of Alaska Fairbanks GNAC 3.6
University of California, San Diego CCAA 3.243
University of Central Missouri MIAA 3.51
University of Central Oklahoma MIAA 3.35
University of Charleston (West Virginia) WVIAC 3.32
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs RMAC 3.02
University of Mary NSIC 3.54
University of Massachusetts Lowell Northeast-10 3.328
University of Minnesota Duluth NSIC 3
University of Montevallo Peach Belt 3.435
University of Nebraska at Kearney MIAA 3.731
University of New Haven Northeast-10 3.44
University of North Alabama Gulf South 3.66
University of North Carolina at Pembroke Peach Belt 3.247
University of Sioux Falls NSIC 3.507
University of South Carolina Aiken Peach Belt 3.353
University of Southern Indiana GLVC 3.571
University of Tampa Sunshine 3.34
University of Tampa Sunshine 3.18
University of the Incarnate Word Lone Star 3.59
University of the Sciences CACC 3.443
University of West Georgia Gulf South 3.298
University of Wisconsin, Parkside GLVC 3.241
Valdosta State University Gulf South 3.77
Wayne State College (Nebraska) NSIC 3.022
Wayne State University (Michigan) GLIAC 3.39
West Chester University of Pennsylvania PSAC 3.253
West Liberty University WVIAC 3.546
West Texas A&M University Lone Star 3.61
West Virginia Wesleyan College WVIAC 3.739
Western State Colorado University RMAC 3.56
Wheeling Jesuit University WVIAC 3.3
Wilmington University (Delaware) CACC 3.49
Wingate University SAC 3.076
Winona State University NSIC 3.66