The Northwest Nazarene University Crusaders have been named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Overall Academic All-Sports Champions.
NNU won the overall championship for the fourth time in the past five years. The Crusaders had the highest team GPA in three sports – Baseball (3.00), Men’s Golf (3.01) and Women’s Track and Field (3.39).
NNU, Seattle Pacific and Montana State Billings all won GNAC Academic All-Sports titles during the 2011-2012 school year.
“Winning the GNAC Academic Award four of the past five years is a tribute to the high quality and discipline of the student-athletes we have on our campus year after year.” Commented NNU Faculty Athletics Representative Duane Slemmer. “Our coaches and faculty are also to be commended for working with our student-athletes to help them achieve success in the classroom while balancing the demands of competitive athletics and challenging travel schedules.”
Northwest Nazarene, Seattle Pacific and Montana State Billings all won Great Northwest Athletic Conference Academic All-Sports titles during the 2011-12 school year. SPU won its fifth straight men’s academic title while MSUB claimed the women’s overall title for the first time.
NNU edged Seattle Pacific 146-144 for the overall title. Saint Martin’s finished third with 128 points, five ahead of fourth-place MSU Billings. Seattle Pacific outpointed both Northwest Nazarene and Saint Martin’s 70-64 for the men’s title, while, MSUB outscored Northwest Nazarene 85-82 for the women’s title. MSUB and Saint Martin’s each won two team academic titles. The Yellowjackets had the highest GPAs in women’s soccer (3.48) and women’s basketball (3.57), while Saint Martin’s had the highest GPAs in softball (3.33) and golf (3.49).
Central Washington and Alaska Fairbanks each won one GNAC academic team title. The Wildcats led the way in football (2.65) and Alaska Fairbanks posted the highest team GPA in women’s cross country (3.61).
Sixty-six of the conference’s 108 teams (61.1 percent) posted cumulative GPAs of 3.00 or better, including all 10 women’s cross country and volleyball teams and eight of the nine women’s track and field squads. In all 48 of the GNAC’s 58 women’s teams (82.7 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 including redshirts. Points are awarded on two-point increments.