Calvin College Named 2012 Division III Cross Country Men’s Scholar Team of the Year

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

February 22, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – The Knights of Calvin College are the USTFCCCA NCAA Division III 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). Calvin took runner-up honors at 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 III
Cross Country Men’s Scholar Team of the Year – Calvin College

Calvin College, coached by Brian Diemer, has earned a 3.47 cumulative grade point average through the fall semester of 2012. The Knights finished in a tie for second as a team at the NCAA Championships with Haverford, but were able to claim Scholar Team of the Year honors by a slim .027 margin between the two schools’ cumulative team grade point averages.

The Knights came close to claiming the NCAA team title, finishing runner-up in a tie with Haverford with 188 points behind champion North Central (Ill.)’s 167 points. A pair of senior runners earned USTFCCCA All-America honors for Calvin in Nick Kramer (26th) and Dan Kerr (46th).

Past Winners

2012: Calvin
2011: Haverford
2010: Haverford
2009: Williams
2008: Williams
2007: Haverford
2006: Calvin

141 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 III All-Academic Cross Country status.

A total of 141 institutions represent 34 conferences that compose the group. The MIAC led all conferences with 10 institutions earn All-Academic status. The NCAC, Northwest Conference, and Centennial Conference followed with eight.

Cal Tech reported the highest cumulative team GPA in the country through the fall 2012 semester at 3.72. Washington (Mo.) 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, 22 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 3.10 or better.

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

Institution Conference GPA
Adrian College Michigan Intercollegiate 3.15
Albion College Michigan Intercollegiate 3.15
Alvernia University Middle Atlantic 3.36
Amherst College NESCAC 3.56
Anderson University (Indiana) HCAC 3.36
Augsburg College MIAC 3.2
Augustana College (Illinois) CCIW 3.161
Babson College NEWMAC 3.24
Bates College NESCAC 3.26
Beloit College Midwest Conference 3.457
Benedictine University (Illinois) NorthernAC 3.23
Bethel University (Minnesota) MIAC 3.286
Bridgewater College (Virginia) ODAC 3.14
California Institute of Technology SCIAC 3.72
California Lutheran University SCIAC 3.36
Calvin College Michigan Intercollegiate 3.47
Carleton College MIAC 3.51
Carnegie Mellon University UAA 3.32
Case Western Reserve University UAA 3.541
Centre College SAA 3.423
Christopher Newport University USA South 3.125
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges SCIAC 3.482
Clark University (Massachusetts) NEWMAC 3.42
Colby College NESCAC 3.24
College of Wooster NCAC 3.462
Colorado College SCAC 3.412
Concordia College, Moorhead MIAC 3.29
Concordia University Chicago NorthernAC 3.347
Concordia University Wisconsin NorthernAC 3.38
Connecticut College NESCAC 3.573
Denison University NCAC 3.34
DePauw University NCAC 3.15
Dickinson College Centennial 3.1
Earlham College HCAC 3.16
Elizabethtown College Middle Atlantic 3.25
Elmhurst College CCIW 3.2
Emory University UAA 3.446
Franklin & Marshall College Centennial 3.28
Geneva College PAC 3.335
George Fox University Northwest Conference 3.15
Gettysburg College Centennial 3.17
Greenville College SLIAC 3.35
Grinnell College Midwest Conference 3.42
Grove City College PAC 3.26
Guilford College ODAC 3.314
Hamilton College NESCAC 3.35
Hamline University MIAC 3.27
Haverford College Centennial 3.443
Hendrix College SAA 3.23
Hiram College NCAC 3.44
Hood College Middle Atlantic 3.209
Hope College Michigan Intercollegiate 3.26
Illinois Wesleyan University CCIW 3.43
Ithaca College Empire 8 3.579
John Carroll University OAC 3.321
Johns Hopkins University Centennial 3.29
Kenyon College NCAC 3.57
King’s College Middle Atlantic 3.171
Lawrence University Midwest Conference 3.333
Lebanon Valley College Middle Atlantic 3.14
Lewis & Clark College Northwest Conference 3.393
Linfield College Northwest Conference 3.29
Luther College IIAC 3.212
Macalester College MIAC 3.378
Maine Maritime Academy North Atlantic 3.1
Marietta College OAC 3.279
Marywood University Colonial States 3.3
Massachusetts Institute of Technology NEWMAC 3.4
McDaniel College Centennial 3.374
Messiah College Middle Atlantic 3.337
Millikin University CCIW 3.286
Muhlenberg College Centennial 3.24
Nebraska Wesleyan University Great Plains 3.3
North Park University CCIW 3.255
Oberlin College NCAC 3.33
Occidental College SCIAC 3.35
Oglethorpe University SAA 3.316
Ohio Northern University OAC 3.29
Pacific University (Oregon) Northwest Conference 3.238
Piedmont College USA South 3.23
Pomona-Pitzer Colleges SCIAC 3.533
Principia College SLIAC 3.25
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Liberty League 3.295
Rhodes College SAA 3.14
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey NJAC 3.11
Roanoke College ODAC 3.262
Rochester Institute of Technology Liberty League 3.37
Roger Williams University Commonwealth Coast 3.33
Rowan University NJAC 3.219
Saint John’s University (Minnesota) MIAC 3.17
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota MIAC 3.479
Saint Vincent College PAC 3.249
Salisbury University CAC 3.461
Simpson College IIAC 3.126
Springfield College NEWMAC 3.204
St. Lawrence University Liberty League 3.189
St. Mary’s College of Maryland CAC 3.251
St. Olaf College MIAC 3.38
Stevens Institute of Technology Empire 8 3.467
Susquehanna University Landmark 3.18
Swarthmore College Centennial 3.52
The College of New Jersey NJAC 3.353
The College of St. Scholastica UMAC 3.42
The Sage Colleges Skyline 3.128
Thiel College PAC 3.39
Trinity University (Texas) SCAC 3.226
Tufts University NESCAC 3.33
U.S. Coast Guard Academy NEWMAC 3.21
University of Chicago UAA 3.506
University of Dubuque IIAC 3.18
University of La Verne SCIAC 3.14
University of Minnesota, Morris UMAC 3.17
University of Puget Sound Northwest Conference 3.2
University of Redlands SCIAC 3.21
University of Rochester UAA 3.51
University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) MIAC 3.238
University of the South SAA 3.294
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire WIAC 3.17
University of Wisconsin, La Crosse WIAC 3.41
University of Wisconsin, River Falls WIAC 3.231
University of Wisconsin, Stout WIAC 3.103
University of Wisconsin, Whitewater WIAC 3.28
Vassar College Liberty League 3.358
Virginia Wesleyan College ODAC 3.43
Wabash College NCAC 3.374
Wartburg College IIAC 3.245
Washington and Jefferson College PAC 3.4
Washington and Lee University ODAC 3.408
Washington University (Missouri) UAA 3.61
Waynesburg University PAC 3.46
Wesleyan University (Connecticut) NESCAC 3.418
Wheaton College (Illinois) CCIW 3.45
Wheaton College (Massachusetts) NEWMAC 3.24
Whitman College Northwest Conference 3.432
Whitworth University Northwest Conference 3.28
Willamette University Northwest Conference 3.339
Williams College NESCAC 3.5
Wisconsin Lutheran College NorthernAC 3.12
Wittenberg University NCAC 3.1
WPI NEWMAC 3.46
York College (Pennsylvania) CAC 3.22