Johnson Earn Academic All-America Status
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.
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
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.