Women's Track and Field named USTFCCCA Division I Indoor Scholar Team of the Year
Aug. 11, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - The University of Texas Women's Track and Field team was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Women's Division I Indoor Scholar Team of the Year, the organization announced Thursday. It is the first team honor from the organization in Texas history.
Texas earned the distinction as a result of being the highest-placing team with at least a 3.00-cumulative GPA at the most recent NCAA indoor championship. In addition to being named the Indoor Scholar Team of the Year, Texas was one of 164 Division I institutions to earn All-Academic Track and Field Team status.
Through the spring 2011 semester, the Longhorns' squad of 45 roster members boasted a cumulative grade point average of 3.28. In addition, 25 of those student-athletes owned a GPA of 3.25 and higher, while 12 went on to earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Status, which tied for the fourth-most nationally. Texas also placed 15 Longhorns on the 2011 Academic All-Big 12 Teams, with 13 First Team selections and two second-team honorees.
During the 2011 NCAA Indoor campaign, Texas garnered national runner-up honors with 38 points behind second-place finishes from junior Mia Behm (5,000m) and freshman Shanay Briscoe (high jump). Senior Chantel Malone scored in both the triple and long jump and junior Victoria placed in the high jump, while the Horns' 4x400m relay finished fourth. Texas' second-place team finish was its highest since winning it all in 2006 and marked the ninth top-two placing in program history.
Texas' Cross Country team also earned All-Academic Team status during the fall of 2010 with its cumulative GPA of 3.65, which was the eighth-highest out of the 192 teams to earn All-Academic status.