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Scott, Johnson Earn Academic All-America Status
Maureen Scott        FAYETTEVILLE - Sophomore Maureen Scott and senior Jessica Johnson each earned College Sports Information Director's of America Academic All-America honors on Friday when they were named to the first and second-team, respectively.
        Scott, just a sophomore, picked up her first CoSIDA All-America honor in her first year of eligibility for the award. Maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade point average in kinesiology, Scott had a tremendous outdoor track season as she won her first Southeastern Conference individual title in the steeplechase as she led the Lady Razorbacks to the team championship in Oxford, Miss., in May. Scott was so good in the steeplechase that she was not just a NCAA participant, but a finalist at the Austin, Texas, hosted meet.
Jessica Johnson        Johnson picked up her second academic all-America honor in as many years. A second-team pick a year ago, the senior continued to maintain a stellar 3.76 GPA as a pre-veterinary major and has already been accepted into the Texas A&M veterinary school. A high jumper by trade, Johnson shocked many at the SEC meet when she placed fourth in the heptathlon, then traveled to the NCAA Championships in the high jump for the second straight season. She holds every Lady Razorback high jump record on the books and was the first Arkansas female to earn all-America honors in the event as well as the first to clear six-feet.
        "I am really proud of Maureen and Jess," Arkansas head track coach Lance Harter said. "They work very hard and represent the University in the best of ways. Both are all-Americans on the track and now in the classroom. You can't ask for more."
        Awarded to student-athletes who maintain a minimum 3.20 GPA, voting for the award is based on one's academic as well as athletic performance not just during the current season, but throughout their careers. Arkansas' pair was placed against nearly 100 applicants in the CoSIDA voting district, then against 80 more student-athletes for one of 10 spots in each academic all-America team.
        Scott and Johnson's appointment to the Academic all-America teams continues a long and proud history of Lady Razorback track athletes who have graced its hallowed halls. The duo took honors for a Lady Razorback for the third consecutive season and during that time; five different Lady Razorbacks have earned seven first or second-team honors. Since the inception of the program in 1989, 14 Lady Razorbacks have earned academic all-America status with an additional three taking all-district honors.
        While the NCAA season is over, several Lady Razorbacks are still in action. This weekend showcases Arkansas freshman Sarah Saffa at the U.S. Junior Championships in College Station, Texas, with several countries Olympic Trials coming within the next month.

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