MC athletic teams do super in the classroom

By Steve Sell
July 19, 2017

McPherson College’s athletic teams have definitely put the “student” in the term “student-athlete.”

It was announced on Tuesday that 15 of the McPherson College athletic programs have met the prestigious NAIA Scholar-Team standard.

The women’s outdoor track and field team led the way with a 3.67 grade point average. Not far behind was the women’s indoor track and field team with a 3.66.

Other Mac teams with exemplary GPAs were women’s tennis (3.65), women’s cross country (3.62), volleyball (3.60), women’s basketball (3.44), softball (3.37), men’s soccer (3.26), men’s tennis (3.22), women’s soccer (3.16), men’s basketball (3.06), men’s cross country (3.06), men’s outdoor track and field (3.03), men’s indoor track and field (3.01) and baseball (3.0).

For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar-Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The team grade point average includes all eligible varsity student-athletes.

Arizona Christian's women's cross country team, Indiana Tech's women's golf team and Midland's (Neb.) women's volleyball team all tied for an NAIA-best combined 3.90 grade point average this year. The three teams have been selected to share the title of Scholar-Team of the Year.