PIKEVILLE – Eight University of Pikeville athletic teams performed well enough in the classroom to earn NAIA Scholar-Team honors in 2015-16, officials from the national office announced on Friday.
The women’s track & field team led the way for the Bears, sporting a 3.62 team GPA, followed by women’s cross country (3.55), men’s tennis (3.52), women’s tennis (3.50), men’s soccer (3.13), softball (3.04), women’s soccer (3.02) and volleyball (3.00).
In order to qualify for an NAIA Scholar-Team award, a program must have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The team GPA includes all eligible varsity student-athletes.
This is the second most teams to earn the national academic honor in Pikeville history, trailing the nine awarded in 2014-15. Prior to that, six was the most earned by the Bears.
Among the nine Mid-South Conference institutions who competed in the NAIA last season, UPIKE ranks tied for fourth. Campbellsville led the way with 14, Lindsey Wilson was second with 13 and Cumberland (Tenn.) rounded out the top three with 11.
The 2015-16 schoolyear was a great year for academic achievement individually as well at UPIKE as 22 student-athletes earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors for being at least a junior with a 3.50 GPA or better.