Feb. 25, 2013
Senior Sarah Sumpter represented UC Davis on the 2012 Division I Women's Cross Country All-Academic squad as announced by the U.S Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Monday. This is the second scholar-athlete award of the year for the psychology major from Cloverdale, Calif.
Known to her teammates as "Stump," Sumpter was among 115 female Division I student-athletes from 69 institutions bestowed with All-Academic status. To qualify for the award, a recipient must have compiled a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 or better, and finished among the top 15 at an NCAA regional or earned USTFCCAA All-America honors.
Additionally, both UC Davis cross country programs were honored as Scholar Teams in the awards program. The Aggie women compiled a team GPA of 3.16, while then men held a similar average of 3.15. Qualification for this award requires a 3.00 team GPA or higher plus participation of at least five members at an NCAA region meet.
Sumpter, the Aggies' female recipient of the 2012 Big West Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, has also captured twice captured Big West Confererence Fall All-Academic accolades. On the cross country course, she has finished second at the last two Big West championship meets after winning the individual title in 2009. Sumpter also picked up All-Region acclaim for her 13th-place finish at the NCAA West Regional last fall.
The Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year award went to Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino, perhaps best known to Aggie fans as the runner passed by UC Davis volunteer assistant Kim Conley at the 5,000 meters finish line during the Olympic Track & Field Trials last summer.