NEW ORLEANS, La. – The University of Florida men’s track and field team, which claimed both the 2012 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships, has swept the Track and Field Scholar Team of the Year Awards from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the New Orleans-based organization announced Thursday.
The Gators earned the distinction as a result of being the highest-placing team with at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA at the most recent NCAA indoor and outdoor championship.
Florida swept NCAA Division I men’s track & field titles for the first time in school history in 2012. The indoor national title was the Gators’ third consecutive while the outdoor crown was the squad’s first ever. Florida is the first to sweep Scholar Team of the Year honors since Stanford in 2007. UF has a cumulative team GPA of 3.06.
At the indoor championships, the Gators scored 52 points and had three event champions to top the field, besting SEC rival Arkansas’ 47 for the team crown. At the NCAA Outdoor Championships, UF managed 50 points for the team title and beat out LSU in the final event, the 4x400 relay, for the two-point victory over the Tigers.
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Past Scholar-Team of the Year Winners
Indoor Track & Field
Outdoor Track & Field
2011: Florida State
2010: Arizona State
2009: South Carolina