YORK, PA – The Capital Athletic Conference announced another record-setting academic performance by the conference's student-athletes as the CAC All-Academic team was announced on Friday morning by the league office. The York College Spartans again headline the group as, for the second year in a row, the Spartan athletic department placed the highest percentage of student-athletes on the CAC All-Academic list.
The Spartans finished the year with a total of 253 student-athletes earning the CAC All-Academic award. That total of 253 student-athletes gives York a league leading percentage of 59.9% (253 of 422). The Spartans percentage edged St. Mary's as the Seahawks finished with 55.7% (145 of 260) of their student-athletes earning the accolade.
York's 253 total student-athletes set another new school record, besting last year's top mark of 224. The Spartans have now led the CAC in total number of student-athletes eight times dating back to the 2006-07. York's percentage gives them a second consecutive title after finishing second to St. Mary's in eight straight years. York has never finished below third in percentage in the history of the award.
The Spartan athletic department had a banner academic year as the department GPA was 3.28, breaking the previous school record of 3.26. That mark was established during the 2015-16 academic year. York had 335 student-athletes earn a 3.0 GPA or above. Even more impressive is the fact that 183 Spartan student-athletes own a GPA of 3.5 or above. York had 21 of their 22 teams finish with a team GPA of 3.0 or above.
To be eligible for the honor, a student-athlete must participate in one or more CAC sponsored sports and attain 3.20 grade point average (GPA) for the academic year. This year, the CAC placed a conference record 1,499 student-athletes on the list. The CAC has 10 full-time members and one associate member. York and St. Mary's were the two schools to place more than 50% of their student-athletes on the list while four other schools were above 45% for the year.