DII Track & Field Scholar Teams of the Year & All-Academic Teams Announced

DII Track & Field Scholar Teams of the Year & All-Academic Teams Announced

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

July 28, 2016   

NEW ORLEANS – Scholar Team of the Year and All-Academic Team honors for the 2015-16 NCAA Division II Track & Field season were announced Thursday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

MEN’S SCHOLAR TEAM
AWARD HISTORY

Indoor Track & Field
2016: Tiffin
2015: Findlay
2014: Ashland
2013: Grand Valley State
2012: Findlay
2011: Chadron State
2010: Ashland
2009: Ashland
2008: Minnesota State
2007: Grand Valley State
 
Outdoor Track & Field
2016: Tiffin
2015: Findlay
2014: Ashland
2013: Western State
2012: Western State
2011: Johnson C. Smith
2010: Ashland
2009: Ashland
2008: North Dakota
2007: Grand Valley State
           Western State
 

WOMEN’S SCHOLAR TEAM
AWARD HISTORY

Indoor Track & Field
2016: Lincoln (Mo.)
2015: Central Missouri
2014: Adams State
2013: Grand Valley State
2012: Grand Valley State
2011: Grand Valley State
2010: Ashland
2009: Lincoln (Mo.)
2008: Adams State
2007: Lincoln (Mo.)
 
Outdoor Track & Field
2016: Pittsburg State
2015: Central Missouri
2014: Johnson C. Smith
2013: Johnson C. Smith
2012: Grand Valley State
2011: Grand Valley State
2010: Grand Valley State
2009: Lincoln (Mo.)
2008: Abilene Christian
2007: Lincoln (Mo.)

Though indoor men’s national champion Tiffin came up short in its bid to sweep the outdoor crown, the Dragons did manage to take both the indoor and outdoor Scholar Team of the Year award.

The women’s Scholar Team of the Year awards went to this year’s national champions: Lincoln (Mo.) claimed the indoor award while Pittsburg State took the outdoor honor.

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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 II Championships, these teams stood out among 117 women’s teams and 66 men’s programs that combined academic and athletic achievement to earn All-Academic Team honors this season.

The full list of All-Academic teams can be found below.

Tiffin’s men won their first-ever national title during the indoor season with a dramatic finish in the 4×400, edging Adams State by two points, 49-47. The Dragons followed that up with a share of runner-up honors at the Outdoor Championships.

All the while, the Dragons carried a cumulative 3.36 team grade point average and were represented by six individuals who earned All-Academic honors – the latter of which tied for ninth-most in the country.

The Dragons followed in GLIAC rival Findlay’s footsteps from a year ago with their sweep.

With their NCAA DII Indoor Track & Field national title in March, the Lincoln (Mo.) women earned their third-ever Indoor Scholar Team of the Year honor. The Blue Tigers defeated Hillsdale by a narrow two-point margin, 60-58.

Lincoln (Mo.) finished the academic year with a cumulative team GPA of 3.13, and added nine women to the list of All-Academic Individual honorees. Among those nine were indoor 200-meter champ Yanique Ellington and 200-meter runner-up Venicha Baker.

The Pittsburg State women captured their first-ever national title in women’s track & field in May, and followed it up Thursday with their first-ever Scholar Team of the Year award. The Gorillas edged out Saint Augustine’s by a single point, 52-51, to win the NCAA crown.

In the classroom, PSU carried a cumulative team GPA of 3.33. Only three teams in the country had more All-Academic Individual honorees than did Pittsburg State with 11. National shot put runner-up Cassie Caswell led the way for the Gorillas.

All Academic Teams

Maryville (Mo.) Women, Sioux Falls Men Post Top Team GPAs

The USTFCCCA also announced Friday the 2016 Division II All-Academic Track & Field teams. A total of 117 women’s teams and 66 men’s teams earned the distinction as a result of earning a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or higher.

With a cumulative team GPA of 3.75, the women of Maryville (Mo.) led all NCAA DII programs for the second consecutive season. Among all divisions and both genders, Maryville was second overall in 2015-16.

They were followed at the DII level by Cedarville, Central Missouri, Truman State and Wayne State (Neb.).

Sioux Falls was the top men’s team in DII this academic year with a 3.56 team GPA, ahead Bentley at 3.42 and Maryville (Mo.) at 3.41.

The full list of All-Academic Teams is listed below in alphabetical order by team.

2016 USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams
Men’s NCAA DII Track & Field

Institution GPA
Adams State University 3.07
Adelphi University 3.24
Anderson University (South Carolina) 3.19
Ashland University 3.02
Assumption College 3.05
Augustana University (South Dakota) 3.18
Azusa Pacific University 3.02
Bellarmine University 3.24
Bentley University 3.42
California Baptist University 3.07
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 3.05
California State University-San Marcos 3.09
California University of Pennsylvania 3.03
Cedarville University 3.23
Central Washington University 3.15
Chadron State College 3.21
Colorado School of Mines 3.24
Colorado State University-Pueblo 3.09
Columbus State University 3.02
Dallas Baptist University 3.28
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania 3.04
Florida Southern College 3.05
Franklin Pierce University 3.03
Grand Valley State University 3.03
Harding University 3.13
Hillsdale College 3.20
Indiana University of Pennsylvania 3.16
Johnson C. Smith University 3.36
Lewis University 3.12
Malone University 3.00
Maryville University of Saint Louis 3.41
Metropolitan State University of Denver 3.09
Michigan Technological University 3.13
Minot State University 3.05
Missouri University of Science and Technology 3.06
Northern State University 3.27
Northwest Missouri State University 3.10
Northwest Nazarene University 3.18
Northwood University (Michigan) 3.25
Oklahoma Christian University 3.20
Pittsburg State University 3.09
Queens University of Charlotte 3.19
Roberts Wesleyan College 3.29
Saint Leo University 3.07
Seattle Pacific University 3.16
Southwest Baptist University 3.36
St. Cloud State University 3.03
St. Martin’s University 3.05
The College of Saint Rose 3.04
The University of Findlay 3.27
Tiffin University 3.36
Truman State University 3.37
University of Alaska Anchorage 3.09
University of California, San Diego 3.05
University of Central Missouri 3.18
University of Indianapolis 3.11
University of Mary 3.05
University of Nebraska at Kearney 3.03
University of Sioux Falls 3.56
University of Tampa 3.22
Walsh University 3.26
Wayne State College (Nebraska) 3.18
West Chester University of Pennsylvania 3.30
West Virginia Wesleyan College 3.09
Western State Colorado University 3.04
William Jewell College 3.11

 

 

2016 USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams
Women’s NCAA DII Track & Field

Institution GPA
Adams State University 3.25
Adelphi University 3.45
American International College 3.35
Anderson University (South Carolina) 3.48
Angelo State University 3.01
Ashland University 3.42
Assumption College 3.23
Augustana University (South Dakota) 3.31
Azusa Pacific University 3.31
Bellarmine University 3.53
Bentley University 3.44
Black Hills State University 3.16
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania 3.13
California Baptist University 3.44
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 3.24
California State University, Chico 3.17
California State University-San Marcos 3.12
California University of Pennsylvania 3.35
Carson-Newman University 3.28
Cedarville University 3.62
Central Washington University 3.34
Chadron State College 3.25
Clarion University of Pennsylvania 3.35
Colorado School of Mines 3.37
Colorado State University-Pueblo 3.37
Columbus State University 3.37
Concordia University, St. Paul 3.33
Daemen College 3.35
Dallas Baptist University 3.23
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania 3.38
Emporia State University 3.53
Florida Institute of Technology 3.28
Florida Southern College 3.46
Fort Lewis College 3.18
Franklin Pierce University 3.28
Georgian Court University 3.25
Grand Valley State University 3.29
Harding University 3.42
Hillsdale College 3.34
Indiana University of Pennsylvania 3.13
Johnson C. Smith University 3.53
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania 3.29
Lake Erie College 3.32
Lake Erie College 3.32
Lee University 3.23
Lees-McRae College 3.24
Lewis University 3.37
Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) 3.05
Lincoln University of Missouri 3.13
Lindenwood University 3.32
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania 3.10
Malone University 3.41
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania 3.31
Mars Hill University 3.37
Maryville University of Saint Louis 3.75
Merrimack College 3.49
Metropolitan State University of Denver 3.14
Michigan Technological University 3.49
Millersville University of Pennsylvania 3.13
Minnesota State University Moorhead 3.47
Minot State University 3.21
Missouri Southern State University 3.48
Missouri University of Science and Technology 3.34
Montana State University Billings 3.35
Northern Michigan University 3.25
Northern State University 3.39
Northwest Missouri State University 3.38
Northwest Nazarene University 3.49
Northwood University (Michigan) 3.31
Nova Southeastern University 3.12
Oklahoma Christian University 3.42
Pittsburg State University 3.33
Queens University of Charlotte 3.22
Roberts Wesleyan College 3.53
Saginaw Valley State University 3.40
Saint Leo University 3.14
San Francisco State University 3.18
Seattle Pacific University 3.49
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania 3.05
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania 3.12
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology 3.49
Southern Connecticut State University 3.12
Southwest Baptist University 3.51
St. Cloud State University 3.23
St. Martin’s University 3.31
Stonehill College 3.26
Tarleton State University 3.10
The College of Saint Rose 3.25
The University of Findlay 3.46
Tiffin University 3.36
Truman State University 3.55
University of Alaska Anchorage 3.41
University of California, San Diego 3.20
University of Central Missouri 3.59
University of Charleston (West Virginia) 3.20
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs 3.36
University of Indianapolis 3.16
University of Mary 3.34
University of Minnesota Duluth 3.16
University of Montevallo 3.40
University of Nebraska at Kearney 3.40
University of New Haven 3.10
University of North Alabama 3.52
University of Sioux Falls 3.47
University of Southern Indiana 3.34
University of Tampa 3.24
University of the District of Columbia 3.20
University of Wisconsin, Parkside 3.02
Upper Iowa University 3.19
Ursuline College 3.25
Walsh University 3.49
Wayne State College (Nebraska) 3.55
Wayne State University (Michigan) 3.26
West Chester University of Pennsylvania 3.11
West Virginia Wesleyan College 3.41
Western State Colorado University 3.30
William Jewell College 3.30
Wingate University 3.19
Winona State University 3.44