NEW ORLEANS – The Carleton College women’s track and field team recorded a 3.49 cumulative grade-point average during the 2012 season, tying for the 22nd-best mark in the nation. The Knights were one of 137 programs recognized as an All-Academic Team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Individual academic awards were also handed out this week, and it’s no surprise that the Knights collected additional accolades. For the fourth consecutive year, Simone Childs-Walker ’12 (Seattle, Wash./Lakeside) was selected as an USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree. Alison Smyth ’12 (Billings, Mont./Billings West) picked up her second straight award, while joining them on the chart for the first time was Ellie Wilson ’15 (Roseville, Minn./Roseville).
This was the fourth straight year that the Carleton women ranked among the nation's top 25 teams academically.
Carleton’s National Ranking in Team GPA
2009 -- 3.59 (third)
2010 -- 3.482 (19th)
2011 -- 3.50 (seventh)
2012 – 3.49 (22nd)
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 tied for second among the nation’s leagues with eight of its institutions reaching women’s All-Academic status: Carleton, Concordia, Gusatavus, Macalester, Saint Benedict, St. Catherine, Saint Mary’s, and St. Thomas.
A total of 340 competitors—including 26 from the MIAC—were tapped for the individual All-Academic honor. Those student-athletes compiled a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.30 and met either of the following athletic standards: competing in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship or finishing 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 performance list.
Childs-Walker finished seventh in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Indoor Championships. She added an eighth-place finish in the 10,000-meter run at the NCAA Outdoor meet to secure the 12th All-America performance of her amazing career. Smyth won both the 5K and 10K at the MIAC Outdoor Championships and competed in the longer distance at the 2012 NCAA Championships. Wilson closed the regular season for indoor track ranked No. 28 in the 400-meter dash.