UCCS named an All-Academic team

By Karlee Gradisar published March 8, 2010

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs was named as one of the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association NCAA Division II Womenâ€TMs Cross Country All-Academic Teams for the 2009 season the USTFCCCA announced Monday.

For a team to be considered for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team award, it must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional Championship and also have a minimum 3.00 team cumulative GPA.

The Mountain Lion athletes achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.46 and were ranked 30th out of the 100 NCAA Division II teams that were selected.

Along with UCCS, six other Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference schools achieved the honors: Nebraska at Kearney (3.64); Adams State (3.38); New Mexico Highlands (3.32); Western State (3.29); Colorado School of Mines (3.22) and Fort Lewis (3.15).

Adams State was named the 2009 NCAA Division II USTFCCCA Womenâ€TMs Cross Country Scholar Team of the Year. The Scholar Team of the Year distinction goes to the program that earned All-Academic Team honors and placed the highest among the field at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

In November, Adams State swept NCAA Cross Country titles, capturing both menâ€TMs and womenâ€TMs national crowns for the second-consecutive year. In addition, The Grizzlies won their third-straight NCAA Central Regional title in the fall. Adams State placed three runners in the top five en route to a 52-point win for their seventh regional title in the last eight years. The Grizzlies also won this yearâ€TMs RMAC Conference cross country title, extending their RMAC record of eight-straight conference titles. The women of Adams State have a collective team GPA of 3.38 after the fall semester.

Truman State surpassed all Division II teams with a 3.78 cumulative GPA. Seattle Pacific finished last year with a 3.72 GPA.

The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference led all conferences with 13 teams placed on the All-Academic roll. Three conferences claimed eight teams in the mix. The RMAC declared seven teams to the list.

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