CIAA Announces 2011-2012 Fall Season Academic Leaders

Hampton, VA…The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, in conjunction with the CIAA Faculty Athletic Representatives’ Association (CIAA-FARA), has crunched the numbers, and the final team grade point averages for the 2011-2012 Fall and Winter seasons are in.

GPA’s are calculated by the previous two semesters; excluding freshmen and are evaluated by the CIAA-FARA.  The continued commitment of the CIAA to the academic success of its student-athletes falls in line with the mission of Division II; to create “Life in the Balance”.  The Division emphasizes sportsmanship, passion, balance, resourcefulness, learning and service.        

Women’s Cross Country- Fayetteville State University, 3.77

The Fayetteville State University Lady Broncos finished their 2011 season with a 3.77 average and an 11th place finish (213) in the CIAA Championship.  This season, FSU fielded a team of three freshmen, one sophomore and one junior.

Men’s Cross Country- Fayetteville State University, 3.44

The Broncos claimed the highest GPA on the men’s side, finishing the Fall semester with a 3.44 GPA. Fayetteville State finished seventh in the 2011 CIAA Men’s Cross Country championship and fields five freshman runners and one senior.

Football- Virginia State University, 2.8

Academia comes first in Ettrick; as evidenced by the high mark scored by Virginia State. With the top team GPA of 2.8 and a second place Northern Division finish, the Trojans are a true example of the achievement of balance in athletics and academics. 

Volleyball- St. Augustine’s College, 3.6

The Lady Falcons claimed the 2011 Volleyball Championship title and top honor for highest grades.  With three freshman, one sophomore, two juniors and three seniors, St. Augustine’s College rose above the rest in the conference in academic greatness.

Indoor Track and Field, Men- Winston-Salem State University, 2.87

The Rams concluded last weekend’s Indoor Track and Field Championship in third place (67pts), but scored above the rest in the classroom, logging a 2.87 GPA.

Indoor Track and Field, Women- St. Augustine’s College, 3.18

The Lady Falcons sit atop the women’s ranks in Indoor Track and Field; having earned themselves a first place selection with a 3.18 GPA.   St. Aug scored in third place at the Boo Williams Sportsplex, last weekend- Home of the 2011 Indoor Track and Field Championship.

Men’s Basketball- Chowan University, 3.04

Chowan University leads the pack in top team grade this season. In today’s rankings, the Hawks are ranked 6th in the Northern Division; hosting a team of three freshman and eight upperclassmen.

Women’s Basketball- St. Augustine’s College, 3.4

St. Augustine’s College comes away with another win; scoring higher academic marks than the conferences’ league of women’s teams. The Lady Falcons currently rank fifth in the Southern Division and boasts the conference’s highest scorer, Keyona Bryant (17.1ppg).

Teams will be formally recognized by the conference at the 2012 CIAA Spring Meeting slated for May.