LCU claims first LSC Academic Excellence Award for Women’s Sport
RICHARDSON, TX (June 29, 2022) – Lubbock Christian University and St. Mary’s University have won the ninth annual Lone Star Conference Academic Excellence Award presented by Balfour. The LCU was highlighted with four of their programs named Academic Champions, Men’s Basketball, Men’s Indoor Track and Field, Women’s Soccer and Volleyball had the highest team GPA in the conference.
As for the Academic Excellence Award, LCU won the women’s honor for the first time in the program’s history (this completed its third season in the LSC), while StMU won its first men’s award. as athletic departments with the highest collective team GPA among its teams. for the 2021-22 academic year. The Lady Chaps and Rattlers will each receive a cash reward and a personalized trophy.
“This prestigious award was created to showcase the league’s commitment to academic excellence. This year, we are delighted to honor Lubbock Christian and St. Mary’s for the outstanding academic achievement of their student-athletes,” said LSC commissioner Jay Poerner. “Thank you to Balfour for their continued support of this important award.”
Dallas Baptist University (indoor and outdoor athletics), LCU (soccer and volleyball), and StMU (golf and tennis) each had two women’s teams with the highest GPA. On the men’s side, LCU (basketball and indoor track and field) and the University of Texas at Tyler (soccer and tennis) both had two top teams.
Western New Mexico University women’s cross country was the sport’s academic champion for the third straight year, while Eastern New Mexico University women’s football, women’s golf of StMU and UTT men’s football defended their academic crowns.
Winners were determined by a points system, with points distributed based on finish per sport in those the LSC sponsors after a conference-wide comparison of the teams’ GPAs. The member institution with the highest team GPA in each sport was named the academic champion of the sport and earned five (5) points for the overall award. The runner-up in each sport earned four (4) points and third place three (3) points for the overall prize. Any program with a team GPA of 2.00 and above was awarded one (1) point. The points for each member institution were totaled by gender and then divided by that institution’s number of counter programs in that gender to arrive at the comparison value.
The LCU men’s indoor track program, with a team GPA of 3.1, finished with the best GPA for an LSC indoor track program for the second time in three years. LCU Men’s Basketball (3.52), Women’s Soccer (3.76) and Volleyball (3.76) led the LSC program for the first time ever.
Here are the athletic academic champions:
|men’s sports||Academic Champion||GPA|
|men’s basketball||Lubbock Christian||3.522|
|cross country men||Oklahoma Christian||3.515|
|Soccer||Eastern New Mexico||2.696|
|male golf||Western New Mexico||3.568|
|Men’s indoor athletics||Lubbock Christian||3.1|
|Men’s outdoor athletics||St. Edward||3.23|
|men’s football||UT Tyler||3.445|
|Men’s Tennis||UT Tyler||3.813|
|women’s sports||Academic Champion||GPA|
|Women’s Cross Country||Western New Mexico||3.679|
|female golf||Sainte Marie||3.871|
|Women’s football||Lubbock Christian||3.757|
|Soft ball||UT Tyler||3.668|
|Women’s indoor athletics||DBU||3.463|
|Women’s outdoor athletics||DBU||3.463|
|women’s tennis||Sainte Marie||3.764|
Lone Star Conference Academic Excellence Award presented by Balfour
|Year||Men’s Awards||Women’s Awards|
|2021-22||Sainte Marie||Lubbock Christian|
|2020-21||UT Tyler||UT Tyler|
|2019-20||Lubbock Christian||Sainte Marie|
|2017-18||Western New Mexico||Eastern New Mexico|
|2016-17||Eastern New Mexico||Texas Wife/Cameron|
|2015-16||West Texas A&M||Texas woman|
|2014-15||West Texas A&M||Texas Woman’s / West Texas A&M|
|2013-14||Eastern New Mexico||Texas woman|