NEW ORLEANS, La. --- The South Dakota School
of Mines men’s and women’s track and field teams have both earned the NCAA Div.
II Track and Field Scholar Team award for the second consecutive year from the
U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) during
the 2013-14 season.
“It is great to receive these awards and
compare our program to others on the national scale,” said Hardrocker track and
field head coach Jerry Schafer. “It’s extremely difficult and a challenging
time commitment to be an athlete and also perform well in the classroom, but
our kids continually seem to make the grade.”
A total of 105 women’s teams and 50 men’s
teams earned the distinction as a result of earning a cumulative team GPA of
3.00 or higher.
The SD Mines men’s team earned 3.09 GPA while
the Lady Hardrocker squad recorded a GPA of 3.21. Saint Leo (Fla.) topped the
list of women’s team with the highest GPA in the nation at 3.68, just ahead of
Assumption (Mass.) at 3.66 and Maryville (Mo.) at 3.64. The University of Sioux
Falls (S.D.) was the top men’s team this academic year with a 3.55 GPA, ahead of
Bentley (Mass.) at 3.40.
Thirteen different programs from the NSIC
earned All-Academic Team nods on the women’s side to lead all conferences, just
ahead of the PSAC with 12 and the GLIAC with 10. The Rocky Mountain Athletic
Conference earned eight honors on the women’s side (Adams State, Black Hills
State, Colorado Mines, Chadron State, University of Colorado Colorado Springs,
Colorado State Pueblo, New Mexico Highlands and Western State
The GLIAC emerged on top for the men with
eight of its member institutions claiming the award, followed by seven from the
NSIC and six from the GLVC. The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference earned three
(Colorado Mines, UCCS and Western State).