NEW ORLEANS, La. — The Johns Hopkins women and the North Central (Ill.) men found their way back to the top of the podium this past cross country season. The Blue Jays and Cardinals also took flight in the classroom, which is why the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is pleased to name them the NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Scholar Teams of the Year for the 2016 cross country season.
Johns Hopkins and North Central (Ill.) were two of 389 teams that were named All-Academic Teams by the USTFCCCA. Of those 389 teams, 216 were women's and 173 were men's.
For a team to be considered for this distinction, it must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional Meet. The team must also have a minimum team GPA of 3.10 on a 4.0 scale.
The Elms women's team ranked 2nd in the nation out of 217 teams that qualified with a GPA of 3.78, finishing behind NCAA Division III leader Greenville College with a 3.84 GPA. The Blazers improved by 19 spots from last year's 21st-place finish.
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