SCHOLAR-TEAMS | LIVONIA, Mich. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that 1,658 teams have earned the distinction for Scholar-Teams for the 2016-17 academic year. Madonna University had 12 teams earn the honor led by women's soccer with a 3.57 grade point average this year.
Women's cross country also posted a team GPA above 3.50 with a 3.51 while softball posted a 3.42 team average. Men's cross country, women's indoor and outdoor track and field all three posted a 3.25 GPA. Baseball had a 3.11 with women's golf at a 3.09. Men's indoor and outdoor track and field had a 3.05 while men's soccer and volleyball both had a 3.02.
There was a three-way tie for Scholar-Team of the Year with Arizona Christian's women's cross country team, Indiana Tech's women's golf team and Midland's (Neb.) women's volleyball team all claiming the honor with a 3.90 GPA. St. Ambrose (Iowa) led the nation with 20 teams represented.
For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar-Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The team grade point average includes all eligible varsity student-athletes.
For more information on NAIA awards, including the Scholar-Team honor, click here.
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