Butler Track Teams Earn Academic Recognition

Katie Clark (Photo by Sam Roberts)

Top 10 Division I Women's Track & Field Teams (Cumulative GPA)

Wofford College

3.61

University of North Dakota

3.599

North Dakota State University

3.58

Oregon State University

3.58

Santa Clara University

3.566

Yale University

3.54

University of South Dakota

3.53

Duke University

3.525

Butler University

3.52

Seattle University

3.51


INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Four individual athletes and both the men's and women's track teams at Butler have earned All-Academic recognition from the U. S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.  The USTFCCCA announced its 2013 academic honors on Wednesday, July 24.

Butler athletes Katie Clark, Mara Olson, Olivia Pratt and Kodi Mullins each earned 2013 Division I All-Academic Track and Field Team honors.  To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, student-athletes must have compiled a grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards:  for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 in a relay event; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championship.

Clark, a criminology major who earned Division I Academic All-America honors earlier this year, was an honorable mention All-American in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meter runs at the 2013 NCAA Track and Field Championship.  Last fall, Clark was named to the 2012 Division I All-Academic Cross Country Team.  

Olson, who boasts a perfect grade point average in biology, and Pratt, who majors in political science, both qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round in the 5,000 meter run.  Mullins, a Spanish and business studies major, narrowly missed a trip to the national championship in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, while turning in a strong performance at the East Preliminary Round.

Butler also picked up team academic honors for both men and women.  The Butler women ranked ninth in the nation and first among all Division I schools in the Midwest (Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa and Kentucky) with a team grade point average of 3.52.  Last fall, Butler's women were one of only three teams to qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championship and rank in the "Top 20" in the nation in team grade point average.

To qualify for USTFCCCA team academic honors, teams must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher.