Women's Cross Country Named to USTFCCCA All-Academic Team
Alabama Boasts the Second Highest Team GPA of 3.751

Alabama Boasts the Second Highest Team GPA of 3.751

March 5, 2009

NEW ORLEANS, La. - The University of Alabama women's cross country program has been named to the 2008 USTFCCCA All-Academic Team as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Wednesday for their outstanding performances in the classroom as well as on the course. The team boasts the second highest grade point average in the nation with a 3.751.

"These girls are in very challenging academic fields, what they're studying is challenging," head women's cross country coach Randy Hasenbank said. "I think it's something that we can accomplish every year. I'm really, really proud of them. That's possibly our best team GPA ever; I'm going to assume it's one of the best. That's probably one of the best in the department, which is another one of our goals is to be the best in the athletic department."

The University of Washington Huskies are the 2008 NCAA Division I USTFCCCA Women's Cross Country Scholar Team of the Year. Washington won their first NCAA Division I Cross Country team championship at the 2008 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. The squad sports a 3.28 team GPA.

The University of South Carolina had the highest overall team grade point average (3.767). A record total of 160 Division I women's programs received the USTFCCCA's All-Academic Team honors this year compared to 158 schools from last season.

Over forty-five percent of all Division I institutions (394) who sponsor women's cross country received the honor. In addition, seven of the top 10 teams and 14 of the top 20 teams at this year's NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships were named USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams.

The Big East Conference and Big Ten Conference tied for the most conference members represented on the list with 11 teams each, followed by the Southeastern Conference and the Big 12 Conference with nine teams each and the Atlantic Coast Conference with eight teams on the list.

"As far as the accomplishment, that is one of our goals is to lead the country in that category as well," Hasenbank said. "We recruited female athletes that are great students and great athletes. It's difficult to manage all of the things a student-athlete has to manage in a career."

For a team to be considered for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team award, they must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional Meet. The team must also have a minimum 3.00 team cumulative grade point average.

The 2008 NCAA Division I USTFCCCA Women's All-Academic Teams

INSTITUTION

CONFERENCE

GPA

REGION

University of South Carolina, Columbia

Southeastern Conference

3.767

Southeast

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

Southeastern Conference

3.751

South

University of Idaho

Western Athletic Conference

3.730

West

Lipscomb University

Atlantic Sun Conference

3.680

South

South Dakota State University

The Summit League

3.680

Midwest

University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Big 12 Conference

3.664

Midwest

University of Utah

Mountain West Conference

3.656

Mountain

West Virginia University

Big East Conference

3.650

Mid Atlantic

Quinnipiac University

Northeast Conference

3.640

Northeast

Utah State University

Western Athletic Conference

3.640

Mountain

DePaul University

Big East Conference

3.637

Midwest

Coastal Carolina University

Big South Conference

3.632

Southeast

University of Louisville

Big East Conference

3.627

Southeast

Bowling Green State University

Mid-American Conference

3.618

Great Lakes

University of Evansville

Missouri Valley Conference

3.602

Great Lakes

Central Michigan University

Mid-American Conference

3.595


 

 

Great Lakes

Austin Peay State University

Ohio Valley Conference

3.594

South

Villanova University

Big East Conference

3.587

Mid Atlantic

University of Dayton

Atlantic 10 Conference

3.584

Great Lakes

Ohio University

Mid-American Conference

3.564

Great Lakes

High Point University

Big South Conference

3.560

Southeast

Illinois State University

Missouri Valley Conference

3.560

Midwest

Yale University

Ivy Group

3.560

Northeast

Indiana University, Bloomington

Big Ten Conference

3.550

Great Lakes

Missouri State University

Missouri Valley Conference

3.548

Midwest

Saint Joseph's University

Atlantic 10 Conference

3.540

Mid Atlantic

St. John's University (New York)

Big East Conference

3.540

Northeast

Valparaiso University

Horizon League

3.536

Great Lakes

Washington State University

Pacific-10 Conference

3.535

West

Clemson University

Atlantic Coast Conference

3.530

Southeast

Cleveland State University

Horizon League

3.526

Great Lakes

Mississippi State University

Southeastern Conference

3.520

South

State University of New York at Binghamton

America East Conference

3.520

Northeast

Baylor University

Big 12 Conference

3.510

South Central

Belmont University

Atlantic Sun Conference

3.510

South

University of Florida

Southeastern Conference

3.510

South

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Big Ten Conference

3.510

Midwest

Stanford University

Pacific-10 Conference

3.505

West

Towson University

Colonial Athletic Association

3.501

Mid Atlantic

Creighton University

Missouri Valley Conference

3.500

Midwest

University of Portland

West Coast Conference

3.491

West

Butler University

Horizon League

3.486

Great Lakes

Bucknell University

Patriot League

3.480

Mid Atlantic

Lafayette College

Patriot League

3.480

Mid Atlantic

University of Oregon

Pacific-10 Conference

3.480

West

University of Notre Dame

Big East Conference

3.476

Great Lakes

University of Cincinnati

Big East Conference

3.474

Great Lakes

Kansas State University

Big 12 Conference

3.470

Midwest

University of South Florida

Big East Conference

3.470

South

Northeastern University

Colonial Athletic Association

3.467

Northeast

Oregon State University

Pacific-10 Conference

3.460

West

Marquette University

Big East Conference

3.453

Great Lakes

Arizona State University

Pacific-10 Conference

3.450

West

Princeton University

Ivy Group

3.450

Mid Atlantic

University of Pennsylvania

Ivy Group

3.450

Mid Atlantic

Weber State University

Big Sky Conference

3.450

Mountain

University of Arkansas, Little Rock

Sun Belt Conference

3.440

South Central

Rice University

Conference USA

3.433

South Central

Georgia State University

Colonial Athletic Association

3.430

South

Harvard University

Ivy Group

3.430

Northeast

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Southeastern Conference

3.430

South

Southeast Missouri State University

Ohio Valley Conference

3.426

Midwest

Drake University

Missouri Valley Conference

3.425

Midwest

Appalachian State University

Southern Conference

3.423

Southeast

Iowa State University

Big 12 Conference

3.420

Midwest

Colorado State University

Mountain West Conference

3.419

Mountain

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Southern Conference

3.416

South

University of Delaware

Colonial Athletic Association

3.411

Mid Atlantic

Brigham Young University

Mountain West Conference

3.410

Mountain

Gardner-Webb University

Big South Conference

3.400

Southeast

Siena College

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

3.400

Northeast

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Missouri Valley Conference

3.400

Midwest

University of Illinois, Champaign

Big Ten Conference

3.400

Midwest

University of Virginia

Atlantic Coast Conference

3.400

Southeast

University of California, Irvine

Big West Conference

3.391

West

Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlantic Coast Conference

3.390

South

North Dakota State University

The Summit League

3.390

Midwest

University of Colorado, Boulder

Big 12 Conference

3.389

Mountain

University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

Mid-American Conference

3.386

Northeast

Iona College

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

3.380

Northeast

Oakland University

The Summit League

3.380

Great Lakes

University of Kentucky

Southeastern Conference

3.380

Southeast

University of Wyoming

Mountain West Conference

3.367

Mountain

Brown University

Ivy Group

3.360

Northeast

East Carolina University

Conference USA

3.360

Southeast

Montana State University - Bozeman

Big Sky Conference

3.360

Mountain

Stony Brook University

America East Conference

3.360

Northeast

University of Georgia

Southeastern Conference

3.360

South

Lehigh University

Patriot League

3.355

Mid Atlantic

Idaho State University

Big Sky Conference

3.350

Mountain

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Big Ten Conference

3.350

Great Lakes

University of Vermont

America East Conference

3.349

Northeast

Sacred Heart University

Northeast Conference

3.342

Northeast

Wichita State University

Missouri Valley Conference

3.340

Midwest

Colgate University

Patriot League

3.330

Northeast

Miami University (Ohio)

Mid-American Conference

3.330

Great Lakes

Northwestern University

Big Ten Conference

3.330

Midwest

Troy University

Sun Belt Conference

3.330

South

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Conference USA

3.330

South

University of Richmond

Atlantic 10 Conference

3.330

Southeast

University of Iowa

Big Ten Conference

3.328

Midwest

Vanderbilt University

Southeastern Conference

3.327

South

Jacksonville University

Atlantic Sun Conference

3.323

South

Stephen F. Austin State University

Southland Conference

3.323

South Central

Central Connecticut State University

Northeast Conference

3.322

Northeast

Pennsylvania State University

Big Ten Conference

3.320

Mid Atlantic

University of New Mexico

Mountain West Conference

3.320

Mountain

Western Carolina University

Southern Conference

3.318

Southeast

Michigan State University

Big Ten Conference

3.312

Great Lakes

Purdue University

Big Ten Conference

3.310

Great Lakes

Texas Christian University

Mountain West Conference

3.310

South Central

Virginia Tech

Atlantic Coast Conference

3.310

Southeast

Samford University

Southern Conference

3.301

South

Santa Clara University

West Coast Conference

3.300

West

North Carolina State University

Atlantic Coast Conference

3.293

Southeast

Cornell University

Ivy Group

3.290

Northeast

Kent State University

Mid-American Conference

3.290

Great Lakes

Southern Methodist University

Conference USA

3.290

South Central

University of North Carolina, Wilmington

Colonial Athletic Association

3.290

Southeast

University of Washington

Pacific-10 Conference

3.280

West

Loyola College (Maryland)

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

3.272

Mid Atlantic

Wake Forest University

Atlantic Coast Conference

3.272

Southeast

Indiana State University

Missouri Valley Conference

3.270

Great Lakes

University of Missouri, Columbia

Big 12 Conference

3.268

Midwest

Long Beach State University

Big West Conference

3.260

West

Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne

The Summit League

3.249

Great Lakes

Columbia University

Ivy Group

3.242

Northeast

Loyola Marymount University

West Coast Conference

3.240

West

University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Atlantic 10 Conference

3.240

Southeast

Western Michigan University

Mid-American Conference

3.231

Great Lakes

Davidson College

Southern Conference

3.230

Southeast

Monmouth University

Northeast Conference

3.230

Mid Atlantic

University of Akron

Mid-American Conference

3.230

Great Lakes

Western Kentucky University

Sun Belt Conference

3.230

Southeast

Rider University

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

3.228

Mid Atlantic

The Ohio State University

Big Ten Conference

3.220

Great Lakes

Fairfield University

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

3.218

Northeast

College of William and Mary

Colonial Athletic Association

3.210

Southeast

University of New Hampshire

America East Conference

3.190

Northeast

University of San Francisco

West Coast Conference

3.190

West

Liberty University

Big South Conference

3.189

Southeast

Oklahoma State University

Big 12 Conference

3.184

Midwest

University of California, Davis

Big West Conference

3.180

West

La Salle University

Atlantic 10 Conference

3.170

Mid Atlantic

San Diego State University

Mountain West Conference

3.170

West

Duke University

Atlantic Coast Conference

3.165

Southeast

Northern Arizona University

Big Sky Conference

3.160

Mountain

University of Detroit Mercy

Horizon League

3.155

Great Lakes

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Mountain West Conference

3.150

West

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Atlantic Coast Conference

3.130

Southeast

Eastern Illinois University

Ohio Valley Conference

3.120

Midwest

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Southeastern Conference

3.110

South Central

Texas A&M University, College Station

Big 12 Conference

3.104

South Central

University of California, Santa Barbara

Big West Conference

3.100

West

Texas Tech University

Big 12 Conference

3.080

Mountain

Marshall University

Conference USA

3.074

Mid Atlantic

Providence College

Big East Conference

3.063

Northeast

Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick

Big East Conference

3.063

Mid Atlantic

College of Charleston (South Carolina)

Southern Conference

3.047

Southeast

Furman University

Southern Conference

3.030

Southeast