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Women's track and field earns national academic honors
Bill Taylor
Bill Taylor

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

The Lipscomb women's track & field team finished fifth in NCAA Division I on the list of 2010 Indoor and Outdoor Scholar Teams released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Wednesday afternoon.

The Lady Bisons posted a grade point average of 3.51 to rank fifth in the nation. Oklahoma led the nation at 3.62.

A total of 151 Division I women's teams recorded a grade point average of 3.0 or higher earning All-Academic distinction. Lipscomb led the Atlantic Sun conference.  Jacksonville University was the only other A-Sun team earning the national honor with a 3.17 GPA. Women's track & field is sponsored by 320 schools at the NCAA Division I level.

Lipscomb University was the only NCAA Division I school to have both men and women ranked in the top five nationally. The Lipscomb men's program was honored Monday with National All-Academic distinction and a second place national academic ranking.

This latest ranking continues a tradition of academic excellence for Lipscomb University men's and women's cross country and track & field. Both teams have earned All-Academic distinction each of the past three years, ranking in the top 35 nationally every year (usually in the top 10) and leading the A-Sun conference in all four sports ranking as high as first in 2008 (tie with Yale).