Washington University Women’s Cross Country Named Scholar Team of the Year
St. Louis, Mo., February 16, 2012 – The Washington University in St. Louis women’s cross country team was selected as the 2011 NCAA Division III Women’s Scholar Team of the Year, while the WUSTL men also received All-Academic team honors, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). In addition, nine student-athletes from Washington University were named to the 2011 Division III All-Academic Cross Country list.
The Washington U. women, who won the program’s first-ever NCAA Division III National Championship in November, tallied a 3.7 cumulative team GPA through the 2011 fall semester to earn the Scholar Team of the Year award. The Scholar Team of the Year is determined from among those who earned All-Academic status and placed highest as a team at the NCAA Championships.
In order to qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, a team must have a cumulative team GPA of at least 3.10 through the fall semester. The Washington U. men also earned All-Academic status by posting a cumulative team GPA of 3.52, which ranked eighth among all Division III teams.
The WUSTL women had a nation-best seven student-athletes earn All-Academic status: seniors Erica Jackey, Jessica Londeree, Elizabeth Phillips, and Molly Wawrzyniak, sophomore Sarah Fisher, and freshmen Lucy Cheadle and Grace Bridwell. Senior Michael Burnstein and junior David Hamm were named to the All-Academic list for the Washington U. men.
In order to qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3, and must have placed in the top 35 at the NCAA Regional Championships. A total of 183 student-athletes representing 96 institutions earned All-Academic status on the women’s side, while 141 men’s student-athletes from 80 institutions were honored.