July 16, 2009
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the women's 2009 Division I All-Academic Track and Field Teams. A total of 130 Division I programs were recognized as women's 2009 All-Academic Teams.
The Alabama squad was one of only three universities from the Southeastern Conference to land on the All-Academic Team list. The Crimson Tide boasts a team GPA of 3.095 and are joined by the University of Tennessee and University of South Carolina from the SEC.
"It's exciting that the team, over and over again, has won All-Academic honors," head coach Sandy Fowler said. "I think it says a lot in regards to the direction that the team is going in academics and the support that the university gives us with the CASS Center which is absolutely one of the best facilities in the country. This distinction speaks volumes in regards to what they do over there and the hard work they put in to support student-athletes."
The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga led all institutions with a 3.550 team cumulative GPA, followed by Butler University with a 3.547 team GPA.
The Big East led all conferences with ten teams selected as All-Academic Teams for 2009 - DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Rutgers, St. John's, Cincinnati, Louisville, South Florida, Villanova, and West Virginia. The Big 12 Conference was a close second with eight teams selected to the list. The Atlantic Coast Conference and the Mid-American Conference each had seven teams selected as All-Academic Track and Field Teams.
To be nominated, the team must carry a minimum 3.000 cumulative grade-point average.