(Editor’s Note: Montana Tech athletics release)
BUTTE – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2018-19 scholar teams. The total number of schools increased from the previous year to 1,883 teams. Five teams from Montana Tech earned the prestigious title.
For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar-Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average as defined by the institution. The team grade point average includes all eligible varsity student-athletes.
The women’s golf team led Montana Tech’s five squads with a 3.68 GPA. Oredigger women’s basketball posted a 3.49 followed by men’s golf (3.45), volleyball (3.32), and football (3.23).
Leading the pack was St. Ambrose (Iowa) and Morningside (Iowa) both institutions had 23 teams represented.
The Benedictine University Mesa women’s golf team took the lead this year with a perfect 4.0 team GPA, as Tabor College (Kan.) women’s tennis finished close behind for a second year in a row with a 3.89 collective GPA.
Middle Georgia State University Women’s Tennis and Southwestern Christian (Okla.) women’s basketball Division I tied for the third place spot on the list with a team GPA of 3.88. Rounding out the top five was the women’s tennis team for Montreat College (N.C.) with a 3.85.