The NJCAA announced today its 2017-18 Academic Teams of the Year with five of the twenty-seven top awards going to programs within the Barton Community College Athletic Department.
A total of 739 programs earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher as sixteen of Barton's twenty programs achieved the academic mark with twelve placing amongst the nation's Top-25.
Barton was one of four colleges nationwide to have multiple teams take the top spot as El Paso Community College, Meridian Community College, and fellow Region VI member Dodge City Community College each earning two awards.
Leading the Department's handful of national academic team champions was the women's swim team, completing their inaugural season with the nation's second highest GPA of 3.82. Coach Jonathan Reeder also became a double-winning leader at the helm as his men's swim team also captured the national title with the Cougars earning a 3.23 in the classroom.
Finishing runner-up by .03 but the highest Division I program last season, Coach Brandon Stephenson's volleyball team took care of business in the classroom again this past year with a department second best 3.78 GPA to win the title amongst the nation's second most crowded field of 108 total teams earning honors.
Having eight Lady Cougars earn individual academic honors including four with a perfect 4.0 GPA, Coach Alan Clark's women's basketball team beat out 92 other teams for the nation's top spot with a cumulative 3.72 GPA.
Rounding out the Cougar champions, after placing third last season Coach Doug Kaiser's women's golf program shot to the top of the charts this year with a 3.77 GPA.
List of Barton Athletic Teams and Grade Point Average:
Baseball (3.23) – 30th national placing (77 Teams over 3.0 GPA); 8th in Region VI (9 Teams over 3.0 GPA)
Basketball - Men's (2.70) – *19 teams nationally with two teams from Region VI above a 3.0 GPA
Basketball – Women's (3.72) – 1st national placing (92); 1st in Region VI (10)
Cross Country – Men's (3.01) – 18th national placing (18); 4th in Region VI (4)
Cross Country - Women's (3.00) – 36th national placing (36); 7th in Region VI (7)
Golf - Men's (3.33) – 7th national placing (34); 2nd in Region VI (2)
Golf - Women's (3.77) – 1st national placing (20); 1st in Region VI (2)
Soccer - Men's (3.27) – 6th national placing (21); 3rd in Region VI (7)
Soccer - Women's (3.22) – 25th national placing (58); 4th in Region VI (9)
Softball (3.04) – 136th national placing (139); 15th in Region VI (15)
Swimming – Men's (3.23) – 1st national placing (4); *No other Region VI teams
Swimming – Women's (3.82) – 1st national placing (7); *No other Region VI teams
Tennis - Men's (3.27) – 10th national placing (20); 3rd in Region VI (3)
Tennis - Women's (3.20) – 27th national placing (36); 3rd in Region VI (3)
Track and Field (Indoor) – Men (3.09) – 4th national placing (5); 3rd in Region VI (3)
Track and Field (Indoor) – Women (2.86) – *10 teams nationally with five teams from Region VI above a 3.0 GPA
Track and Field (Outdoor) – Men (3.09) – 6th national placing (7); 3rd in Region VI (4)
Track and Field (Outdoor) – Women (2.83) – *15 teams nationally with five teams from Region VI above a 3.0 GPA
Volleyball (3.78) – 1st national placing (108); 1st in Region VI (13)
Wrestling (2.72) - *Only two teams nationally above a 3.0 GPA
Complete Academic Teams of the Year listings
Including the women's basketball team's individual academic performances, the Department had sixty-nine student-athletes awarded All-Academic honors amongst the NJCAA's 6,285 student-athletes recognized for their 3.60 grade point average or better in the classroom.
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