SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that 1,677 teams from across the nation have earned the distinction of Scholar Team for the 2016-17 academic year, including 17 of Spring Arbor University’s athletic programs.
The men’s outdoor track and field team led all SAU programs with a 3.73 grade-point average while three other squads owned a GPA of 3.5 or higher – women’s tennis (3.69), volleyball (3.63) and women’s soccer (3.50).
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.
In addition to the Scholar Team awards, a total of 76 Spring Arbor student-athletes were honored as Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes this past year for being a junior or senior academically with a 3.5 cumulative GPA or better.
Men’s Outdoor Track & Field 3.73
Women’s Tennis 3.69
Women’s Soccer 3.50
Women’s Outdoor Track & Field 3.46
Men’s Cross Country 3.39
Women’s Basketball 3.38
Men’s Tennis 3.38
Women’s Cross Country 3.32
Women’s Golf 3.27
Men’s Soccer 3.25
Women’s Indoor Track & Field 3.25
Men’s Basketball 3.22
Men’s Golf 3.14
Men’s Indoor Track & Field 3.04