NEW ORLEANS – The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released the 2017 Division III Scholar Teams of the Year as well as 2017 Division III Scholar Athletes of the Year. Both the Salisbury University men's and women's cross country programs were recognized by the organization for their outstanding work off the field.
Individually Malcolm Milton and Alison Schwartz were recognized for their strong academic performances. Milton was one of 300 men recognized by the USTFCCCA for work in the classroom while Schwartz was one of 368 women to earn recognition. Both were honored by the USTFCCCA in 2016 as well for the academic work.
In order to qualify for this honor, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 and finish in the top 25 percent of their respective regional championship meet.
This is the second-straight year that both teams were recognized by the USTFCCCA for their academic excellence. The men's team posted a team GPA of 3.16 in 2017 while the women's program posted a mark of 3.59 GPA.
For a team to be considered for this distinction, it must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional meet and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.10 on a 4.0 scale. Johns Hopkins and North Central (Ill.) were the highest finishing teams for their respective genders and were named the NCAA Division III Scholar Teams of the Year for 2017.
Overall, 388 teams were recognized by the USTFCCCA for their academic excellence. Of those 388 teams, 221 of them were women's programs while 167 of them were men's teams.