Willamette Track and Field Teams Receive All-Academic Status

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

NEW ORLEANS, LA. -- The Willamette University men's and women's track and field teams both have earned All-Academic status from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for the 2011 season.

Members of the Bearcat women's team achieved a 3.38 cumulative team grade point average. The Willamette men's team finished the year with a 3.27 cumulative GPA.

A total of 111 women's track and field teams and 64 men's track and field teams were chosen for the All-Academic designation in NCAA Division III. In order to receive All-Academic status, each squad had to earn at least a 3.1 cumulative team GPA (4.0 scale).

Bridgewater College (Va.) registered the highest GPA by a women's team at 3.63. Middlebury College (Vt.) led all men's teams with a 3.60 GPA.

The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, which won the 2011 NCAA Division III National Championship, was chosen as the Women's Outdoor Track and Field Scholar Team of the Year. UW-Oshkosh attained a 3.12 team GPA.

Wisconsin-La Crosse was selected Men's Outdoor Track and Field Scholar Team of the Year after placing second at the NCAA Championships and earning a 3.14 GPA. The Scholar Team of the Year awards go to the men's team and the women's team placing highest in the NCAA while also claiming All-Academic honors.

In addition to recording All-Academic status, Willamette's track and field teams also placed six student-athletes on the 2011 NCAA Division III All-Academic Teams as chosen by the USTFCCCA. See the related story about Kimber Mattox, Evin Colignon, Steven Collins, Ben Donovan, David Oppat and Stefan Redfield.

During the 2011 season, Willamette's teams both finished in second place at the Northwest Conference championships. At the NCAA Championships, the Bearcats were represented by six athletes in a total of seven events. Mattox earned All-America honors by taking second place in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase. Colignon attained All-America honors with a fifth place finish in the decathlon.

Mattox was chosen NCAA Division III West Region Women's Track Athlete of the Year for the second time. She also received the award in 2009.

Evin Colignon earned All-Academic honors from the USTFCCCA in addition to claiming All-America recognition in the decathlon.

Evin Colignon earned All-Academic honors from the USTFCCCA in addition to claiming All-America recognition in the decathlon.