NEW ORLEANS – The Carleton College women’s cross country team posted a 3.56 cumulative grade-point average for the 2012 fall term and is one of 197 programs across the country recognized as an All-Academic team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The Knights also had three individuals earn spots on the national All-Academic squad with first-years Sally Donovan (Minneapolis, Minn./South), Shira Kaufman (Leverett, Mass./Amherst Regional) and Ruth Steinke (Lima, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) making the list.
This is the 20th consecutive season at that Knights have earned the team academic award.
Of the 32 teams that participated at the 2012 NCAA Championships, 28 of those earned All-Academic status. Carleton placed 17th at nationals and tied for 19th-highest GPA in the nation, but only two other programs ranked higher than the Knights in both team finish at the NCAA meet and team GPA.
To be eligible for the USTFCCCA All-Academic award, squads needed to post at least a 3.10-cumulative GPA.
The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) had the most squads on the list with 11, followed by the NESCAC, Centennial Conference, and Middle Atlantic Conference with 10 each. The other MIAC schools were: Augsburg, Bethel, Saint Benedict, Concordia, Gustavus, Macalester, Saint Mary’s, St. Catherine, St. Olaf, and St. Thomas. Carleton, Gustavus, and St. Olaf were the only MIAC schools to qualify for the national championships.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or greater through the most-recent semester and placed in the top 35 at the NCAA Regional Championships. Across the eight regions a total of 201 student-athletes received this distinction.