YORK, PA – The York College Athletic Department placed 176 student-athletes on the 2011-12 Capital Athletic Conference All-Academic team as announced by the conference office on Wednesday.
The Spartans finished second in total number of student-athletes earning the honor, just four behind Salisbury’s 180 honorees. York finished third in terms of percentage of student-athletes earning the accolade as they had 43.9% of their athletes recognized for academic excellence.
The CAC All-Academic honors are earned when a student-athlete in a CAC sponsored sport records a minimum GPA of 3.2 for the 2011-12 academic year.
York College is the only Capital Athletic Conference institution that sponsors all 21 conference sports.
The Spartans have had an impressive track record of success in the classroom. Salisbury’s top ranking this year for total honors snaps York’s five-year run at the top of the category. The Spartans have led the conference in total honorees in eight of the last ten years of the award. York’s 2011-12 total of 176 student-athletes is 11 behind the institutional record of 187 honorees in 2008-09. York has never finished below second in total number of student-athletes and has not placed below third in percentage of student-athletes of the list during the history of the award.
Not only are the Spartans successful in the classroom but they have also continued to perform well on the fields of play. York won three Capital Athletic Conference championships (men’s soccer, men’s cross country, and men’s basketball) during the year as they won a share of the Capital Athletic Conference Men’s Commissioner’s Award for the third straight year. As a department, the Green and White finished third in the Richard C. Cook All Sport’s Award.
As a conference, the CAC named a record 1,108 student-athletes to the academic list. It is the sixth year in a row that the league had over 900 student-athletes earn the award.