For the sixth consecutive year, both Hope College track and field teams have been named to the 2011-12 Division III All-Academic Honor Roll by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
The honors bring to 11 the number of Hope athletic teams named to national academic honor rolls in 2011-12, joining men's and women's cross country, women's soccer, men's and women's swimming & diving, women's basketball, men's and women's tennis, and women's golf.
The Hope track and field teams are coached by Kevin Cole. The Flying Dutch maintained a 3.43 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale during the 2011-12 school year while the Flying Dutchmen had a 3.13 cumulative GPA.
In addition, two Hope athletes were named national academic scholars -- sophomore Sheri McCormack of Holland (West Ottawa HS) and junior Sarah Venlet of Zeeland (Holland Christian HS).
The Hope teams had their most successful combined conference season in school history, the Flying Dutchmen winning outright the championship of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) and the Flying Dutch finishing as co-champions.