(NEW ORLEANS) – Scholar Teams of the Year and All-Academic Team honors for the 2016-17 NCAA Division II Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field seasons were announced Thursday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Both Walsh men's and women's teams earned the distinction with both squads in the top 15 in the nation. The women came in at No. 13 with a team GPA of 3.533. The men's team tied for No. 15 with California State East Bay with a GPA of 3.25.
It's the third year in a row that the Cavaliers have achieved that recognition. In 2014-15, the women were No. 16 and the men were No. 20. Last season, the men were No. 13 and the women were No. 17. In the GLIAC alone, the women had the best GPA while the men were second in the conference.
In order to be in contention for Scholar Team of the Year, a program must finish highly at the respective national championship meet and have at least a 3.00 cumulative team GPA.
There were 191 teams honored by the USTFCCCA for their academics (115 women's, 76 men's) with Walsh being one of 72 institutions selected to both.
The USTFCCCA will announce individuals who earned All-Academic honors tomorrow.