Harvard, P’ton Claim Heps Academic Titles

When the NCAA Division I Board of Directors endorsed a plan requiring college sports teams to have adequate Academic Progress or be barred from post-season competition, the Ivy League track coaches didn’t blink.

That’s because the average grade-point average of the Heps’ athlete is somewhere around 3.3. We know this because the U.S. Track & Field Coaches Association has released its team academic honors and 15 of the 16 Ivy teams — sorry Penn men — were collectively above 3.0.

The Princeton women — coached by Peter Farrell — reported a cumulative team GPA of 3.68 through the spring 2011 semester, representing the best in the nation among all divisions of NCAA track & field teams. Iona and Santa Clara followed with team GPAs of 3.57 and 3.56, respectively.

All eight women’s teams were above 3.2, including half above 3.4 (Princeton, Yale, Brown, Harvard). Seven of the men’s programs finished with a 3.0 or better, led by Harvard’s 3.48 (second-best in the nation behind Richmond, 3.51). Five of the men’s programs were above 3.2. The Crimson are coached by Jason Saretsky.

This release goes hand-in-hand with the USTFCCCA’s recognizing of 59 Ivy Leaguers with its annual All-Academic status.

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