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Track & Field earns USTFCCCA distinction
Thursday, July 26, 2012
By Ryan Hilgemann
Track & Field earns USTFCCCA distinction

NEW ORLEANS – The Lipscomb men’s and women’s Track and Field squads have been honored by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on the 2012 Division I All-Academic Track & Field Teams.

The women finished the spring semester with a 3.50 GPA, placing them in a tie for fourth in the country.

The men’s squad finished the spring semester with a 3.31 GPA, giving them the twelfth best GPA in the country.  

"We've come to expect being one of the top ranked programs in the nation academically,” coach Bill Taylor said. “It has been true every year and every season I have been at Lipscomb.  Our athletes have a great sense of pride about achieving these academic honors and ranking with the best in the nation.”

The women’s 3.50 GPA was tops for any team in the Atlantic Sun Conference as Jacksonville tallied a 3.31 GPA and ETSU finished with a 3.23 GPA.

On the men’s side, the Bisons 3.31 held the top spot for the Atlantic Sun Conference, being the only ranked conference school.

Lipscomb University led the A-Sun earlier this spring with 187 total student-athletes named All-Academic honorees. Of that, 63 student-athletes came from the track and field squads.

"This is a product of three major things.  First, we recruit some of the best academic student-athletes in the nation, as well as the highest character in the nation,” Taylor said. “Second, we promote a culture that strives for excellence in all things.  Academics is one aspect of that.  Third, Lipscomb has small class sizes, excellent professors who give personal attention to students and a friendly culture that sets all students up for a greater level of success and a better and very unique collegiate experience.”

A total of 171 institutions on the women’s side earned the All-Academic distinction while 85 earned the honor on the men’s side, which comes from the result of a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better. The top squad on the women’s side was Duke with a 3.58 while Stanford earned the top spot on the men’s side with a 3.49 GPA.

"I am so proud of all of our student-athletes and how they represent this excellent university,” Taylor said. “We will continue to contribute to the success of Lipscomb University in every way we can.  The future is very bright."