Scott Earn Academic Honors
FAYETTEVILLE - Senior Jessica Johnson and sophomore
Maureen Scott of the University of Arkansas Lady Razorback track team
were honored on Thursday with College Sports Information Director's of
America first-team academic all-district honors.
Johnson is a pre-veterinary major who owns
a 3.76 GPA. A second-team academic all-American in 2003, she earns her
second first-team all-district selection in 2004 and becomes just the
fifth Lady Razorback track athlete to take multiple first-team awards.
The NCAA Mideast Regional runner-up in the high jump, Johnson has nursed
a leg injury most of the season, but still managed to break the Arkansas
record in the heptathlon high jump at the Southeastern Conference Championships
Scott is the 15th Lady Razorback to earn a
CoSIDA academic all-district selection since former Lady'Back Sally Ramsdale
won the first honor in 1989. A 4.0 student in kinesiology, Scott won the
SEC steeplechase title at the conference championship and is prepared
to compete in the same event at the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field
Championships next week. A three-time all-SEC performer in both cross
country and track, the Mahomet, Ill., native is among the nation's leaders
in the event heading into the championships.
"I am really proud of Jessica and Maureen,"
Arkansas head track coach Lance Harter said. "They work extremely hard
both in the competition arena and in the classroom. Jessica is the consummate
student-athlete. She is a two-time all-American in the high jump and an
all-American in the classroom. Maureen has yet to get to that level, but
she is only a sophomore and is making her first national appearance next
week. I have no doubt that she will get there shortly. Both ladies deserve
these awards and are exactly what we as a coaching staff look for to represent
the University of Arkansas."
With their first-team honors, both Johnson
and Scott's names are to be placed on the national ballot for academic
all-America consideration. Voting for the honor takes place over the course
of the next two weeks with the academic all-America teams being announced
on Thursday, June 24.
The CoSIDA academic all-district award goes
to student-athletes who excel not just in the classroom but in their respective
sports as well. Criteria for the award include a sophomore or higher academic
standing, a 3.20 grade point average and having to make significant contributions
to their team's success. Johnson and Scott were among numerous student-athletes
from states as far west as New Mexico to Mississippi in the east and from
Texas to Arkansas.
The Lady Razorback's next order of business
is the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas, June 9-12.
Arkansas' women are bringing a school record 14 athletes to the competition
as they seek to finish in the top 10 once again.
First Team Academic All-District VI
Emma Allvin, New Mexico St.
Allison Beckford, Rice
Meghan Chance, Texas-San Antonio
Janice Ezegbunam, SE Louisiana
Petra Forsberg, Ark.-Little Rock
Blake Gordon, Stephen F. Austin
Jessica Johnson, Arkansas
Megan McCoin, Baylor
Shana Robinson, Tulsa
Maureen Scott, Arkansas