Northwest Nazarene University posted the best team grade point averages in three sports in sweeping the 2008-09 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Academic All-Sports titles for the second year in a row.
The Crusaders outpointed Seattle Pacific 139-117 to win the overall title. Saint Martin’s finished third with 111 points. NNU outscored SMU 61-56 to win the men’s title. Seattle Pacific finished third with 50 points. Northwest Nazarene also won the women’s title with 78 points, finishing 11 points ahead of SPU and 23 ahead of the Saints.
“It is a great honor to win the GNAC Academic award in back-to-back years,” NNU athletic director Rich Sanders. “We are very proud of the hard work and excellent performances by our student-athletes in the classroom.”
“Our athletes have a demanding schedule of courses, travel and games and to achieve the academic results they have, they must be diligent, disciplined and manage their time well,” Dr. Sam Dunn, NNU Vice-President for Academic Affairs said. “On behalf of the faculty of Northwest Nazarene University, I want to congratulate our student-athletes for winning this prestigious award for the second year in a row.”
Six of the GNAC’s nine schools won individual academic sport titles with Northwest Nazarene, Saint Martin’s and Seattle Pacific winning three each.
NNU posted the best team GPAs in men’s basketball, women’s soccer and softball. Saint Martin’s led the way in baseball, men’s golf and women’s basketball. Seattle Pacific had the top team GPA in women’s track and field, women’s cross country and women’s track and field.
Also winning team academic titles were Alaska Fairbanks (men’s cross country), Montana State Billings (men’s soccer) and Western Oregon (football and volleyball).
Seattle Pacific’s women’s cross country team posted the highest cumulative GPA (3.66) of any GNAC team. Northwest Nazarene’s basketball team had the best GPA by a men’s team (3.35).
Fifty-one of the conference’s 93 teams (54.8 percent) posted cumulative GPAs of 3.00 or better, including all nine women’s cross country teams and all eight women’s track and field squads. Eight of the conference’s nine volleyball teams had cumulative GPAs of 3.00 or better. In all 38 of the GNAC’s 48 women’s teams (79.1 percent) had cumulative GPAs of at least 3.00.
The Academic all-sports standings are based on the cumulative grade point averages of all the athletes on the official team rosters. Two of the academic team champions – SPU’s women’s cross country team and WOU’s volleyball team – also won conference titles.
Individual sport academic winners included:
Men: CrossCountry – Alaska Fairbanks 3.30 . Soccer – Montana State Billings 3.28. Basketball – Northwest Nazarene 3.35. Baseball – Saint Martin’s 2.97. Track-and-Field – Seattle Pacific 3.24. Golf – Saint Martin’s 3.05. Football – Western Oregon 2.75.
Women: Volleyball – Western Oregon 3.42. Cross Country – Seattle Pacific 3.66. Soccer – Northwest Nazarene 3.48. Basketball – Saint Martin’s 3.65. Softball – Northwest Nazarene 3.32. Track and Field – Seattle Pacific 3.46.