WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby women's program earned the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Team All-Academic honor and was tied for first place among New England Small College Athletic Conference schools.
Colby also had five student-athletes earn USTFCCCA Division III All-Academic honors.
Colby had a 3.51 cumulative team grade point average for the track and field program during the 2011-12 academic year. The Mules were tied with Middlebury College for first among NESCAC schools for highest grade point average in the conference. Tufts University (3.49), Wesleyan University (3.48), Trinity College (3.45), Williams College (3.44), Amherst College (3.39), Hamilton College (3.38), and Connecticut College (3.36) were behind Colby and Middlebury. Bates College and Bowdoin College were not on the list.
Teams needed at least a 3.10 team grade point average to earn the award. The nine NESCAC schools were the most of any conference. A total of 137 institutions were honored with the team award.
Colby's Brittney Bell '14 (Poland, Maine), Leigh Fryxell '14 (Simsbury, Conn.), Eva Lauer '15 (Wellesley, Mass.), Frances Onyilagha '14 (Little Rock, Ark.), and Brittany Reardon '14 (Scituate, Mass.) earned individual academic honors. The student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.30 and competed in the NCAA indoor or outdoor track meets or finish in the national top 35 in an individual event or be ranked in the top 25 in a relay event.