Mid-season report card shows Cyclones performing well in class and on field/court

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Most college athletics departments across the nation have mission statements that include goals of providing a great student-athlete experience and helping their young women and men reach their fullest potentials as students and athletes.

After the ’12 fall season, it appears Iowa State University is off to a great start in those areas.

Academics officials in the department released information in December stating that Cyclone student-athletes recorded a 2.94 semester GPA, the highest on record. Twenty student-athletes had perfect (4.0) grade points and more than half (52%) maintained “B” averages or better.

Cyclone football and soccer had their highest-ever fall GPAs. Golf (3.52) and gymnastics (3.39) had the best grade-point averages among the men’s and women’s sports, respectively.

These accomplishments were earned through hard work. Student-athletes logged 15,472 hours in the Hixson-Lied Academics Center from August to December.

On the field, ISU also excelled. The final fall rankings of the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup have the Cyclones tied for 31st nationally (earning points in women’s cross country, volleyball and football).

Iowa State was fourth among Big 12 schools – Texas (10th), Oklahoma State (24th), Oklahoma (27th), ISU (31st), Baylor (50th), Texas Tech (58th), Kansas State (62nd), West Virginia (70th), Kansas (111th) and TCU (154th).

Although we’re only at the midway point of the season, the strong start by the Cyclones in the classroom and on the field should be recognized.

Reader feedback is welcome at 2minutetimeout@iastate.edu. You can also follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/SteveMalchow

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