Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Track and Field team earned the highest team cumulative grade point average in the nation (3.69) in the 2013 season, it was announced today by the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Pomona-Pitzer's 3.69 edged out George Fox in second place with a 3.66, while Washington (Mo.) was third with a 3.58.
The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Track and Field team also earned high honors as well, placing in the top ten nationally with a 3.42 team GPA (tied for ninth). SCIAC rival Caltech led on the men's side with a 3.53.
The Sagehens may have a difficult time defending their title next year as their three seniors combined to average nearly a 3.9 GPA. Seniors Annie Lydens (Tokyo, Japan), Naomi Wagner (La Jolla, Calif.), and Isabelle Ambler (Montclair, N.J.) were all members of the SCIAC All-Academic team.
Lydens, who was a three-time All-American with three top 10 finishes in national events (including second place in the 5000 meters in 2011), was also a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American in each of the last two years and a Rhodes Scholarship finalist.
In addition to the team honor, sophomore Katie Barton and freshman Ailene Nguyen earned individual All-Academic accolades for ranking in the top 25 in the nation in their respective events. Nguyen qualified for nationals in the long jump, setting school records in both that event and the triple jump, while Barton set a new school record in the 400-meter hurdles and earned a SCIAC title in that event as well.
To view the USTFCCC All-Academic release, go to the following link: