Husker Men Named Scholar Team of the Year

After leading the nation in USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees on both the men's (16) and women's (19) side, both Husker programs have been named USTFCCCA All-Academic teams by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. For the Husker men, they received a distinct honor as they were also tabbed as the 2009 Division I Men's Indoor Track and Field Scholar Team of the Year.

The Husker men had one of the most successful indoor seasons in school history in 2009, ending the season with a fifth-place tie at the NCAA Indoor Championships. It was the third-best finish for the Nebraska men at the national meet, only topped by a second-place finish in 1996 and a tie for third in 1966. Along with Nicholas Gordon's national title in the long jump, the Husker men saw four others earn All-America honors. While succeeding on the track, the Huskers maintained a team cumulative GPA of 3.074.

For the outdoor season, South Carolina was named the 2009 Division I Men's Outdoor Track and Field Scholar Team of the Year. In addition to Nebraska and South Carolina, 67 other Division I programs were recognized as men's 2009 All-Academic Teams.

DePaul University led all institutions with a 3.419 team cumulative GPA, followed by Brown University with a 3.390 team cumulative GPA, and Yale University with a 3.370 team cumulative GPA.

The Ivy League led all conferences again this year with six teams selected as All-Academic Teams for 2009, including Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard and Yale. The Big 12 Conference followed with five teams selected to the list. The Colonial Athletic Association and the Southern Conference each had four teams selected as All-Academic Track and Field Teams.

On the women's side, the Nebraska women were one of 130 Division I programs that were recognized as a 2009 All-Academic Team, posting the 24th-best cumulative GPA at 3.386.

While the University of Tennessee was honored as Indoor Track and Field Scholar Team of the Year and Arizona State was honored as the Outdoor Track and Field Scholar Team of the Year, the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga led all institutions with a 3.550 team cumulative GPA, followed by Butler University with a 3.547 team GPA.

The Big East led all conferences with 10 teams selected as All-Academic Teams for 2009. The Big 12 Conference was a close second with eight teams selected to the list. The Atlantic Coast Conference and the Mid-American Conference each had seven teams selected as All-Academic Track and Field Teams.

The selection of the All-Academic Indoor and Outdoor Scholar Teams of the Year award is based on a combination of academic and athletic achievements, with the top honor going to the team that had the combination of best overall finish at the respective Division I Indoor or Outdoor National Championships and cumulative GPA.

To be nominated, the team must carry a minimum 3.000 cumulative grade-point average.


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