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Alabama and Georgia Named Track and Field Scholar Teams of the Year

Jul 30, 2014
SEC Network
Photo: Rick Bowmer | AP

Two SEC men's track & field squads have been recognized by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for academic and athletic achievements.

Alabama men's track & field team was named the 2014 Indoor Scholar Team of the Year and the Georgia men's team earned National Scholar Team of the Year honors for the outdoor season.

At this season's indoor NCAA Division I Championships, the Crimson Tide was the highest-finishing men's team to earn All-Academic Team honors, finishing sixth place overall with a 3.14 cumulative team GPA.

"This is an amazing honor, one that speaks highly of the hard work our team puts in on the track and in the classroom," Alabama head coach Dan Waters said. "We are dedicated to putting forth a championship effort in everything we do and this latest honor is a testament to how far we've progressed in a short period of time. I am very proud of our team for fulfilling the athletic department's mission of competing at the highest level athletically and academically."

The Georgia Bulldogs posted their best finish in history at the NCAA Outdoor Championships after scoring 24 points for sixth place. In the classroom, the Georgia men combined for a 3.03 GPA as seven individuals earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Individual honors.

"Our staff has assembled a wonderful group of student-athletes who are simply getting the job done. Just in the last few years, our students have set records for team GPA and for the number of students achieving GPAs of 3.0 and above. And now, they have topped off the greatest athletic year ever in Georgia track and field, according to Lewis Gainey (Georgia track historian and former head coach), with the highest academic honor a team can achieve," said Bulldog head coach Wayne Norton.