Butler Earns Track And Field Academic Recognition

Butler Earns Track And Field Academic Recognition

Butler’s men’s and women’s track and field teams ranked among the best in the nation in the classroom and both squads were honored by the U. S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as 2010 Division I All-Academic Track and Field Teams.  A total of 73 men’s teams and 151 women’s programs were recognized by the coaches’ association.

Butler’s men ranked among the “Top 10” men’s teams honored with a combined team grade point average of 3.32.  Yale led all men’s teams with a 3.42 GPA.  The Butler women compiled a 3.28 GPA and ranked in the top half of all squads honored.  

Team recognition by the USTFCCCA is based on a combination of academic and athletic achievement.  To be nominated, the team must carry a minimum 3.000 cumulative grade point average.

In addition to the team honors, six members of the Butler men’s track team were recognized on the 2010 USTFCCCA Division I All-Academic Track and Field Team.  Named to the honor squad from Butler were seniors Rob Mullett, Kris Gauson, Stephen Lisgo, Joe MacDonald, Justin Roeder and junior Madison Roeder.  Mullett, who was named 2010 Horizon League Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, became Butler’s second indoor track All-American with a seventh place finish in the mile run at the 2010 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championship.  Lisgo, the 2009 Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year, qualified for the NCAA Preliminary Round in the 3,000 steeplechase while Gauson the 2009 Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year, was a qualifier in the 1500 meter run.  Brothers Justin and Madison Roeder competed in the 10,000 meter run at the NCAA Preliminary Round, while MacDonald was a qualifier in the 5,000 meter run.  

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team, the student-athletes must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either the NCAA Division I Indoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard or participated in the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships (including preliminary rounds) in their respective event.