July 26, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - The University of Alabama men's track & field squad was named the 2014 Indoor Scholar Team of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) it was announced this week.
"This is an amazing honor, one that speaks highly of the hard work our team puts in on the track and in the classroom," UA head coach Dan Waters said. "We are dedicated to putting forth a championship effort in everything we do and this latest honor is a testament to how far we've progressed in a short period of time. I am very proud of our men's and women's team for fulfilling the athletic department's mission of competing at the highest level athletically and academically."
As the highest-placing team with at least a 3.00 cumulative team grade point average at this season's indoor NCAA Division I Championships, Alabama stood out among 116 men's programs that combined academic and athletic achievement to earn All-Academic Team honors this season. The Crimson Tide 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. This marks the first time the Crimson Tide men have earned Scholar Team of the Year honors. The Tide men also finished 15th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
The Tide women also had an outstanding year both on the track and in the classroom, ranking 13th nationally by cumulative grade point average with a 3.52 and finishing 19th at the NCAA Indoor Championships and 18th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. This season marked the first time in school history that both the Alabama men and women finished in the top-20 at both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Championships and posted cumulative team GPAs better than 3.0.