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AMHERST, Mass. - The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) honored the Amherst women's program with its All-Academic award.
A total of 148 Division III institutions nationwide earned the distinction after achieving a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.10 or higher. Pomona Pitzer led all of Division III with a 3.686 GPA, followed by George Fox (3.655), Washington (Mo.) (3.579) and Concordia College (3.56). Witworth University rounded out the top-five with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.55.
The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) boasted the largest number of All-Academic teams with nine, while the Northwest Conference and NESCAC tied for second with eight apiece. Wesleyan College posted a team GPA of 3.51 to rank 10th nationally while Amherst (3.42), Colby (3.47), Connecticut (3.47), Hamilton (3.40), Middlebury (3.53), Tufts (3.47) and Williams (3.42) all earned praise.
Two of 26 NESCAC student-athletes to earn individual accolades were Sarah Daly '13 and Keri Lambert '13 with a 3.62 and 3.92 GPA respectively. To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and have met either of the following athletic standards: a student-athlete must have competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship or finished the regular season ranked in the national top 35 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 25 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org.
A total of 363 women from 123 institutions earned All-Academic honors for their combined efforts in competition and in the classroom. Outdoor team champion Wartburg was the best-represented school with 14 honorees.