Mines News

Release Date Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Women's Track & Field Earns All-Academic Team Honors with Highest GPA in RMAC

The South Dakota School of Mines women’s track and field team continued their academic excellence this season. For the fifth-straight year, they have been honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as an All-Academic Team.

“In an era when some universities compromise scholarship for athletic success, Mines doesn’t. At Mines, we have no easy degrees, and our scholar-athletes have higher average GPAs than the student body as a whole. Track and field is leading the way. We are very proud of their achievements in the classroom and on the track,” said Mines President Heather Wilson.

The Lady Rockers posted a team GPA of 3.49, which registered them as the highest in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and put them in a tie for the 12th best team GPA across all NCAA Div. II women’s track and field programs. 

“We’re very proud and impressed by our women’s program,” said Hardrocker Track and Field Head Coach Jerry Schaffer.

The Lady ‘Rockers have qualified for this award every year since joining the NCAA, consistently earning a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or higher.

“This award is a testament to their work ethic and the emphasis they put on both their academics and athletics,” Schafer added.

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is a non-profit professional organization representing cross country and track and field coaches of all levels. The organization represents over 8,000 coaching members encompassing 94 percent of all NCAA track and field programs (Div. I, II and III) and includes members representing the NAIA as well as a number of state high school coaches associations.

The USTFCCCA serves as an advocate for cross country and track and field coaches, providing a leadership structure to assist the needs of a diverse membership, serving as a lobbyist for coaches’ interests, and working as a liaison between the various stakeholders in the sports of cross country and track and field.


About SD Mines  

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,778 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $61,300. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

Contact: Dani Mason, (605) 394-2554, danielle.mason@sdsmt.edu