EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State track and field earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, honoring both the men and women’s squads.
All told, 360 NCAA Division I teams were honored for their academics by the USTFCCCA. Breaking it down, 218 of those were women’s teams compared to 142 men’s programs. The highest cumulative GPA of any team belonged to the University of San Francisco women for the second-straight year. When it comes to men’s teams, the University of New Mexico held down the top spot with a cumulative GPA of 3.53.
The Michigan State women were honored with an impressive 3.47 GPA. The Spartan men accumulated a 3.06 GPA during the 2016-17 season.
Click here for a full list of those All-Academic Teams in NCAA Division I Track & Field.
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.
Individually, five Spartan men captured USTFCCCA All-Academic accolades. Juniors Noah Gary, Max Knoblock, Riley Norman and Clark Ruiz join sophomore Cody Stemple on the All-Academic squad.
Overall, 516 Division I men earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors during the 2016-17 track & field seasons.
On the women’s side, nine Michigan State women earned USTFCCCA All-Academic accolades. Seniors Hannah Sailar and Alexis Wiersma led the way for the Spartan women. Joining Sailar and Wiersma are juniors Katelyn Daniels, Jessica Goethals, Jade Madison and Kelsie Schwartz. Sophomore Kennedy Beazley and freshmen Jeralyn Poe and Karrigan Smith were also honored.
Overall, 752 Division I women earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Team, the student athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher. They also must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 in a relay event during the indoor season. In regards to the outdoor season, the student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships, including the preliminary rounds.