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More Records Fall as Lobos Ace Fall GPA

by Frank Mercogliano

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Another semester down, and another host of GPA records for Lobo student-athletes and programs.  The athletic department with the most Mountain West championships over the last four years once again proved it’s not just excellent on the fields of play.  Lobo student-athletes recorded a 3.38 overall GPA, the best ever in a non-COVID semester, and paced by some record-breaking performances in individual sports.  UNM has grade history for the past 73 semesters, back to 1986.

The 3.38  marked the 29th straight semester that Lobo student-athletes turned in at least a 3.0 GPA, dating back to the fall of 2008.  Overall, 73 student-athletes recorded a 4.0 or better GPA (up two from last spring) and 310 recorded a 3.0 or better GPA (up 35).  Additionally, UNM’s female student-athletes turned in a 3.58 GPA, the 24th straight semester with at least a 3.4 GPA and the eighth straight with a 3.5 GPA.  The 3.58 was the second-best semester in department history on the women’s side, and the best in a non-COVID semester.

UNM’s male student-athletes had a 3.17 GPA, the 22nd semester in the last 23 with at least a 3.0 GPA, and it was also the second-best semester in department history, and the best in a non-COVID semester.

The women’s golf team, which has earned four consecutive Academic National Championships, got a pretty good start on a fifth straight.  The team turned in a 4.08 GPA, the highest team GPA in the history of UNM Athletics, topping the 4.03 recorded by women’s tennis in the fall of 2020.  It was just the sixth time that a program has ever recorded a 4.00 or better, and women’s golf has now done it three times.  Other highlights on the women’s side include UNM’s Mountain West regular season championship soccer team earning a 3.83 GPA.  UNM’s cross country/track & field program, which finished second in the NCAA in the fall, turned ina  program-record 3.70 GPA.  In all, five of the eight women’s programs earned a top-five program GPA in the semester (volleyball had a 3.73 and softball under new coach Nicole Dickson had a 3.47).

On the men’s side, Lobo baseball turned in a 3.65 GPA tro lead all men’s teams.  It marked the third semester for the program under head coach Tod Brown, and the top three semester GPAs for the program in school history have come in his three semesters.  Fall, 2022 marks the first time that baseball has turned int he highest GPA on the men’s side.  Five of the six men’s programs turned in improved GPA’s from either the previous fall or the previous spring, including a half-letter grade jump for men’s basketball and a 3.60 for men’s golf.  Lobo football also recorded it’s sixth-best GPA in program history, narrowly missing only it’s third-ever team 3.0 GPA.