Academic excellence leads Saint Martin's student-athletes to national, conference awards
Wednesday September 3, 2003
Wash. - The outstanding academic accomplishments of Saint Martin’s
College student-athletes are being honored today with national and
The College is receiving a $20,000 USA Today-NCAA Academic
Achievement Award from the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The
award recognizes Saint Martin’s for having the greatest percentage of
student-athletes graduating over its previous graduation rate. The rate
of graduation among Saint Martin’s athletes increased by 53 percent
between 1995 and 1996, the highest jump in NCAA Division II as well as
among all NCAA institutions nationwide.
The USA Today-NCAA award is based on the latest data from the NCAA.
The data measures the rate of graduation of student athletes over a
six-year period. Saint Martin’s also placed in a second award category,
coming in seventh in Division II for a graduation rate above that of the
rest of the student body. That rate was 32 percent higher.
The college also received the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s
2002-03 Academic All-Sports Championship Award. The award, accompanied
by a traveling trophy, honors the college or university with the highest
all-sports cumulative gpa among the conference’s members. It was
presented by conference Commissioner Richard Hannan to Saint Martin’s at
the college’s Student-Athlete Orientation.
The Great Northwest Athletic Conference award is based on the overall
grade point average among the college’s sports teams. The conference is
composed of 10 colleges and universities from Washington, Oregon,
California, Alaska and Idaho.
Four Saint Martin’s teams won top honors for their sport. Top teams,
with their cumulative grade point average, were:
- Men’s baseball, 3.05 gpa
- Women’s volleyball, 3.37 gpa
- Women’s basketball, 3.44 gpa
- Women’s softball, 3.43 gpa
The Saints ranked second in men’s track and field and women’s
cross-country, third in men’s cross-country and fourth in women’s
“These awards reflect the efforts of our student-athletes and the
support given to them by the college’s faculty and staff,” said college
President David R. Spangler, Ph.D. “The college strives to provide an
exceptional, holistic education for its students, and our
student-athletes have clearly made the most of this opportunity.”
Spangler said academic excellence in recent years has become a
hallmark of Saint Martin’s. This marks the second year as conference
academic champions for two sports, baseball and women’s basketball.
Women’s cross-country missed its seventh consecutive academic
championship in 2002-03 by one-100th of a point.
Saint Martin’s is an independent, Roman Catholic coeducational
college founded by the Benedictine Order. About 1,000 students are
enrolled on its main campus and about 600 more in programs at the
college’s extension campuses at Fort Lewis Army Post, McChord Air Force
Base and Olympic College. During the 2002-03 academic year, some 130
Saint Martin’s student-athletes competed in NCAA Division II sports. The
college fields teams in men’s baseball, women’s volleyball and softball,
and men’s and women’s cross-country, track and field, basketball and
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