DI Track & Field Scholar Teams of the Year & All-Academic Teams Announced
By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA
July 22, 2014
NEW ORLEANS – Scholar Team of the Year and All-Academic Team honors for the 2013-14 Division I Track & Field Season were announced Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The Texas women were named Scholar Team of the Year for both the indoor and outdoor seasons, while the Alabama men and Georgia men earned the same award for the indoor and outdoor seasons, respectively.
As the highest-placing teams with at least a 3.00 cumulative team grade point average at this season’s indoor and/or outdoor NCAA Division I Championships, these teams stood out among 208 women’s teams and 116 men’s programs that combined academic and athletic achievement to earn All-Academic Team honors this season.
Texas’ women checked in at season’s end with a 3.33 cumulative team GPA following a 2013-14 campaign that saw the Longhorns finish as national runners-up both indoors and outdoors. Not since Arizona State in 2008 has a Division I women’s team earned Scholar Team of the Year for both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Four women from the Longhorns’ roster earned individual All-Academic honors.
The Longhorns came up just short of the indoor national team title, as Oregon edged them out at the line in the 4×400 relay to win the event and the meet by just one-half of a team point. Outdoors, Texas came up nine points shy of in-state rival Texas A&M.
Alabama was the highest-finishing men’s team at the NCAA Indoor Championships to earn All-Academic Team honors, finishing sixth place overall with a 3.14 cumulative team GPA to be named indoor Scholar Team of the Year. This marks the first time the Crimson Tide men have earned Scholar Team of the Year honors.
Four members of the Crimson Tide earned individual All-Academic honors, including outdoor field Scholar Athlete of the Year Hayden Reed.
Georgia finished sixth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, but ranked first among those teams that earned All-Academic Team honors to secure outdoor Scholar Team of the Year honors. The Bulldogs posted a 3.03 cumulative team GPA en route to their first Scholar Team of the Year accolade.
Seven men on the Bulldogs’ roster were selected for individual All-Academic honors.
Chattanooga Men, San Francisco Women Post Top Team GPAs
The USTFCCCA also announced Tuesday the 2014 Division I All-Academic Track & Field teams. A total of 208 women’s teams and 116 men’s teams earned the distinction as a result of earning a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or higher.
San Francisco topped the list of women’s team with the highest GPA in the nation at 3.63, just ahead of a pair of teams at 3.61 in Lipscomb and New Mexico and another at 3.60 in Bradley.
Chattanooga was the top men’s team this academic year with a 3.60 team GPA, well ahead of Long Beach State at 3.43 and a pair of teams at 3.38 in Seattle and Harvard.
Both the Atlantic 10 and the Big East were represented by 12 women’s teams each to lead all conferences, followed by four other leagues with 10 apiece.
Meanwhile on the men’s side the Big East saw eight of its member institutions earn All-Academic Team honors, ahead of four other conferences with six each.
The full list of All-Academic Teams is listed below in alphabetical order by team.
Men’s All-Academic Teams
Women’s All-Academic Teams
|Arizona State||3.06||Appalachian State||3.16|
|Ark.-Little Rock||3.32||Arizona State||3.35|
|Boston University||3.22||Boise State||3.40|
|Central Connecticut State||3.08||Bucknell||3.37|
|Colorado State||3.18||Cal Poly||3.08|
|Coppin State||3.02||Central Arkansas||3.28|
|Cornell||3.03||Central Connecticut State||3.04|
|CSU Bakersfield||3.05||Central Michigan||3.22|
|Eastern Illinois||3.14||Colorado State||3.30|
|High Point||3.09||Eastern Kentucky||3.23|
|Idaho State||3.21||Eastern Washington||3.34|
|Long Beach State||3.43||Georgia State||3.16|
|Miami (Fla.)||3.03||Houston Baptist||3.39|
|NC State||3.13||Illinois State||3.20|
|New Mexico||3.30||Indiana State||3.29|
|North Dakota State||3.14||IPFW||3.39|
|Northern Iowa||3.05||James Madison||3.16|
|Oklahoma State||3.08||Kennesaw State||3.13|
|Robert Morris (Ill.)||3.24||Liberty||3.24|
|Sacred Heart||3.07||Long Beach State||3.01|
|Saint Louis University||3.24||Loyola (Md.)||3.40|
|South Dakota State||3.05||Manhattan||3.28|
|Southern Utah||3.10||McNeese State||3.32|
|St. Mary’s (Calif.)||3.20||Memphis||3.58|
|Texas A&M-Corpus Christi||3.09||Miami (Ohio)||3.52|
|Utah Valley||3.13||Montana State||3.28|
|William and Mary||3.02||New Hampshire||3.33|
|Wofford||3.05||New Mexico State||3.11|
|Youngstown State||3.00||North Dakota||3.42|
|North Dakota State||3.49|
|Robert Morris (Ill.)||3.43|
|Saint Louis University||3.49|
|Sam Houston State||3.16|
|South Dakota State||3.34|
|St. John’s (N.Y.)||3.16|
|St. Mary’s (Calif.)||3.29|
|Texas A&M-Corpus Christi||3.13|
|William and Mary||3.28|