CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's cross country team posted a team cumulative GPA of 3.73 last fall and was named a United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic team.
The Lady Mocs posted the fifth highest GPA in the country and had the highest among all Southern Conference schools with Elon next closest at 3.54. Appalachian State and UNCG followed with a 3.48. Western Carolina was fifth among SoCon schools with a 3.38 while Samford had a 3.37 followed by Furman with a 3.35. The College of Charleston wrapped up the league schools on the All-Academic list with a 3.29 GPA.
This is the highest cumulative team GPA posted by the women's cross country team. Last year Chattanooga, with a team GPA of 3.594, was ranked 24th among all schools. The 2009 women's track and field team was ranked first in the country by the USTFCCCA with a team GPA of 3.550.
Chattanooga had eight runners with a GPA of 3.5 or higher led by senior Sarah White-Woerner (Ooltewah, Tenn.) with a cumulative GPA of 4.0. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Health and Human Performance in December and is currently pursuing her Masters.
Senior Tara Gietema (Knoxville, Tenn.) graduated last May with a degree in Business Administration and is working toward her MBA. Junior Morgan Buchanan (Johnson City, Tenn.) has a cumulative 3.9615 GPA in Early Childhood:ECED PreK-3 and junior Kathryn Stuart (Brentwood, Tenn.), an English major, carries a 3.8696 GPA.
A total of 205 institutions represent 30 conferences that compose the group. To lead all conferences, 14 teams from the Big East Conference earned All-Academic nods followed by the Pac-12 and Big Ten Conferences with 11. The Mid-American Conference had 10 schools named All-Academic as did Conference USA and the ACC. The SEC was next among the leagues with nine schools making the list while the Southern and Big 12 Conferences each had eight.
Alabama reported the nation's highest cumulative team GPA (3.83), followed by Southern Miss (3.80). Missouri State and Robert Morris were the next highest with each posting a GPA of 3.75.
Nine of the top ten finishing teams at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships earned All-Academic status. Of the 31 teams that participated in the national final, 26 of those earned All-Academic status.
To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have started at least five runners at their respective NCAA regional championship.
Georgetown was named the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Women's Scholar Team of the Year for the 2011 season. Georgetown captured its first NCAA title in women's cross country this past fall.
Scholar Teams of the year are determined from among those who earned All‐Academic status and placed highest as a team at the most recent NCAA Championships.
Georgetown's squad, coached by Chris Miltenberg, has a cumulative GPA of 3.28 through the fall 2011 semester.
Georgetown won the NCAA crown for the first time in school history, tallying 162 points to hold off a tightly‐packed bunch that included runner‐up Washington (170), third‐place and two‐time defending champion Villanova (181), and No. 1‐ranked Florida State (189). Georgetown's eight‐point margin of victory is the lowest since 2003 when Stanford's 120 points edged out BYU with 128.
Earlier in the season, Georgetown tied with Villanova for the NCAA Mid‐Atlantic Regional crown and finished third in the Big East Championships.
Squad members Claire Richardson, Emily Jones, and Katrina Coogan were named as individual All‐Academic honorees. Richardson and Jones were Georgetown's second and third scorers at the NCAA Championships, respectively.
SOUTHERN CONFERENCE INSTITUTION GPA
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 3.73
Elon University 3.54
Appalachian State University 3.48
University of North Carolina Greensboro 3.48
Western Carolina University 3.38
Samford University 3.37
Furman University 3.35
College of Charleston 3.29