NEW ORLEANS – The Tiffin University indoor men and the Grand Valley State University outdoor women were named the 2016-17 NCAA Division II Track & Field Scholar Teams of the Year on Thursday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
In order to be in contention for Scholar Team of the Year, a program must finish highly at the respective national championship meet and have at least a 3.00 cumulative team GPA.
Tiffin was named the Men's Indoor Scholar Team of the Year after winning the indoor team title and maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.11. This is the second year in a row that the Dragons were bestowed this honor.
Grand Valley State was named the Women's Outdoor Scholar Team of the Year after finishing a game runner-up to West Texas A&M. The Lakers held down a cumulative GPA of 3.258. GVSU was also named Outdoor Scholar Team of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
There were 191 teams honored by the USTFCCCA for their academics (115 women's, 76 men's). Ten Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) programs achieved all-academic team status:
2017 USTFCCCA ALL-ACADEMIC TEAMS – NCAA D2 MEN'S TRACK & FIELD
|Grand Valley State University||3.024|
|Northwood University (Michigan)||3.053|
2017 USTFCCCA ALL-ACADEMIC TEAMS – NCAA D2 WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD
|Grand Valley State University||3.258|
|Northern Michigan University||3.39|
|Northwood University (Michigan)||3.224|
|Saginaw Valley State University||3.353|
|Wayne State University (Michigan)||3.336|