7.23.14 MEN'S TRACK & FIELD: Cavs Among Nation's Best As All-Academic Team; No. 3 in GLIAC

Men's Track & Field, 2014-07-23

NEW ORLEANS – The Walsh Track & Field teams have shown that they are not only competitive in sport, but also in the classroom as well. Both the women’s and men’s squads earned national All-Academic Team honors for the 2013-14 Division II Track & Field Season were announced Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The women’s program earned a top 10 mark nationally with a 3.51 cumulative team grade point average. The high scores also put them first in the GLIAC, which had 10 teams represented. The men’s program also fared well as it finished No. 28 in the nation with a 3.11 cumulative team grade point average. The men finished third in the GLIAC, which had eight teams represented.

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 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.

“We are so proud that both our men and women received team honors.  I was pretty excited when I saw this,” said Head Coach Rob Mizicko with a big smile. “To have our women finish No. 1 in the GLIAC and top 10 in the nation and our men finish No. 3 in the GLIAC and right in the thick of things on the national list is amazing. I couldn’t be happier for our student-athletes. They do such a tremendous job at everything they do!”

Individually, All-American Stephanie Foster (Sr., Lodi, OH/Cloverleaf) and Justin Groubert (Jr., Hartville, OH/Lake) were named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team. Foster recorded a 3.67 GPA and is a physical therapy major. Groubert earned a 3.31 GPA and majors in mathematics and accounting.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have reached a provisional or automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships in either indoor or outdoor seasons.

“Stephanie Foster and Justin Groubert seem to excel at everything they do,” added Mizicko. “This is a great honor to cap Foster’s incredible career and another in Groubert’s growing collection.”

As the highest-placing teams with at least a 3.00 cumulative team grade point average at this season’s indoor and/or outdoor NCAA Division II Championships, these teams stood out among 105 women’s teams and 50 men’s programs that combined academic and athletic achievement to earn All-Academic Team honors this season.

Saint Leo was the top academic team on the women’s side with a 3.68 team GPA. Assumption, Maryville (Mo.), Edinboro, Johnson C. Smith, Indiana (Pa.), Missouri S&T, Drury, and Seton Hill rounded out the top nine. Cedarville finished tied for 10th with Walsh.

On the men’s side, Michigan Tech and Northwood were the top two GLIAC schools. They finished fourth and fifth on the national list, respectively.