UCCS women recognized as a D-II all-academic team
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs women's track team was named a 2008 Division II Women's All-Academic Track and Field Team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The Mountain Lions' cumulative GPA of 3.371 was the 15th best among Division II programs. It marked the seventh consecutive year that the UCCS women have been so honored.
Fellow Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference member Adams State was chosen as the 2008 Indoor Track and Field Scholar Team of the Year while Abilene Christian University was chosen as this year's Outdoor Track and Field Scholar Team of the Year.
Adams State won their first ever track and field title in Division II in March giving the Grizzlies their first women's track title since 1985 when they won the NAIA title. Not only did ASC fare well on the track they also fared well in the classroom posting a 3.151 cumulative team grade-point average.
Tampa recorded the highest overall team GPA with a 3.670, followed by Minnesota State, which carried a 3.650 team GPA. Seattle Pacific, which had the second highest team GPA in 2007, posted a 3.540 GPA this season.
A total of 58 Division II women's track and field programs were recognized as 2008 USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Teams. Eighteen of those 58 schools came from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (nine) and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (nine).
The selection of the All-Academic Indoor and Outdoor Scholar Teams of the Year award is based on a combination of academic and athletic achievements, with the top honor going to the team that had the combination of best overall finish at the Division II Indoor or Outdoor National Championships and cumulative GPA.
To be nominated, the team must carry a minimum 3.000 cumulative grade-point average.
2008 USTFCCCA Division II Women's All-Academic Track and Field Teams:
Institution, Grade-Point Average
Minnesota State, Mankato, 3.650
Seattle Pacific, 3.540
Minnesota State, Moorhead, 3.535
the Incarnate Word, 3.500
Truman State, 3.490
Missouri Southern State, 3.484
Northwest Nazarene, 3.460
Michigan Technological, 3.457
North Dakota, 3.452
South Dakota, 3.441
Wayne State, 3.401
Colorado - Colorado Springs, 3.371
Seton Hill, 3.350
Northern Kentucky, 3.340
West Chester, 3.335
Pittsburg State, 3.320
Missouri Science & Technology, 3.301
Southern Indiana, 3.293
Saginaw Valley State, 3.284
Wheeling Jesuit, 3.280
Winona State, 3.250
Grand Valley State, 3.240
Minnesota Duluth, 3.240
Lake Superior State, 3.226
Northern State, 3.224
Western State, 3.210
Nebraska at Kearney, 3.206
Chadron State, 3.190
California-San Diego, 3.186
Fort Hays State, 3.160
Adams State, 3.151
Central Washington, 3.111
Northern Michigan, 3.110
San Francisco State, 3.106
Massachusetts at Lowell, 3.077
Abilene Christian, 3.050
Lock Haven, 3.038
Concordia - St. Paul, 3.030
Emporia State, 3.030
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