More Academic Honors For Cross Country - Women Named Scholar Team Of The Year

March 4, 2009

The Middlebury College Panthers are the 2008 NCAA Division III USTFCCCA Women's Cross Country Scholar Team of the Year, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced on Monday. Middlebury finished 15th at the 2007 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships before winning the 2008 NCAA Division III Cross Country title.

Middlebury won the 2008 New England Regional Championship and was the co-champion of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). Middlebury, which maintains a cumulative 3.480 grade point average, was also on the USTFCCCA All-Academic team list in 2007, and in 2006.

Bluffton University had the highest overall team grade point average (3.859). A record total of 156 Division III women's programs received the USTFCCCA's All-Academic Team honors this year compared to 141 schools from last season.

Forty-percent of all Division III institutions (394) who sponsor women's cross country received the honor. In addition, 30 of the 32 teams in the championship field at this year's NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships were named USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams, including every team who finished in the top ten.

The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) had the most conference members represented on the list with 11 teams, followed by the NESCAC with nine schools. Five conferences were tied with eight each; the Centennial Conference, the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, the University Athletic Association, and the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

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 3.10 team cumulative grade point average.