July 16, 2009
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has announced that the University of Tennessee and Arizona State University were chosen as the 2009 Indoor Track & Field and Outdoor Track & Field Women's Scholar Teams of the Year, respectively.
The selection of the Indoor and Outdoor Scholar Teams of the Year award is based on a combination of academic and athletic achievements, with the top honor going to the team that had the combo of best overall finish at the respective Division I Indoor or Outdoor National Championships and cumulative GPA.
Tennessee, the 2009 Division I Women's Indoor Track & Field Scholar Team of the Year, capped a terrific indoor campaign in which the Lady Vols clinched the indoor national championship with two events remaining. That effort enabled the Big Orange to win its second NCAA Indoor title in the past five seasons (2005, 2009) and third overall national title. Prior to the NCAA Indoor Track & Field National Championships, the Lady Vols captured the SEC Indoor Track & Field title, winning the event for the third time in the past five years (2005, 2007, 2009).
In addition to USTFCCCA Indoor Track & Field Women's Scholar Team of the Year Tennessee, which maintained a 3.230 team cumulative GPA, 13 other programs with top-25 national finishes at the 2009 Division I Indoor Championships earned All-Academic Team honors for their academic and athletic achievements this season.
Arizona State, the 2009 Division I Women's Outdoor Track & Field Scholar Team of the Year, finished the 2009 track & field season with a third-place showing at the Division I Outdoor Championships in June. The top-four finish marked the seventh time in the past eight NCAA track & field meets that ASU has walked away with a trophy. ASU finished third at the Pac-10 Championships and won the West Regional Championship for the second straight season.
The Sun Devils, last year's Indoor and Outdoor Scholar Team of the Year, maintained a 3.287 team cumulative GPA and are joined by 13 other schools, including UT, that finished in the top-25 at the outdoor championships on the All-Academic Team list.
In addition to the Indoor and Outdoor Scholar Teams of the Year, the USTFCCCA also announced the women's 2009 Division I All-Academic Track & Field Teams. Tennessee and Arizona State joined a total of 128 other Division I programs recognized as women's 2009 All-Academic Teams. To be nominated, the team must carry a minimum 3.000 cumulative grade-point average.