June 27, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- UAB distance runner Rhiannon Johns, who completed her final year of eligibility with the 2013 outdoor season, has earned one of the most prestigious academic honors a collegiate student-athlete can attain.
Johns on Thursday was named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Women's Track & Field/Cross Country first team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The first-team selection for Johns follows two consecutive years of being named to the Capital One Academic All-America second team.
A graduate student in mathematics, Johns finished 12th in the 10,000 meters at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships earlier this month for her second USTFCCCA All-America honor. She also earned All-America honors in the 5,000 meters in 2011.
The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, native has been selected to the Conference USA All-Academic Team three times. A two-time C-USA champion in the 10,000 meters, Johns is a four-time recipient of the C-USA Academic Medal. The UAB school record holder in the 10,000 meters, Johns is a three-time USTFCCCA All-Academic selection and was awarded Presidential Honors with 4.0 G.P.A. as an undergraduate.
Last week, she ran at the Canadian Nationals and finished as the runner-up in the 5,000-meter run. Later this summer, she will represent her home country when she runs at the World University Games in Russia.
The UAB track and field program has achieved great success in the classroom in recent years. Johns' selection to the Capital One team is the fourth Academic All-America accolade for the Blazers' track team in the past three years. In addition to Johns' three honors, high jumper Nora Mehl was a first-team Academic All-America choice in 2011.
Capital One Academic All-America Division I Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Team
Rebecca Addison, Michigan, Sr., Spring Lake, Mich., 3.51 (Movement Science)
Christine Babcock, Washington, Sr., Irvine, Calif., 3.93 (Early Childhood & Family Studies)
Jacy Bennett, Oklahoma, Sr., Mesa, Ariz., 4.00 (Supply Chain Management)
Heather Bergmann, Kansas, Sr., Concordia, Kan., 3.91 (Chemistry)
Juliet Bottorff, Duke, Sr., Newark, Del., 3.71 (Neuroscience)
Bethany Buell, South Dakota, Jr., St. Louis, Mo., 3.97 (Psychology)
Brigid Byrne, U.S. Naval Academy, Sr., Vienna, Va., 3.83 (English (Honors)
Sarah Callister, Weber State, Sr., Ogden, Utah , 4.00 (Nursing)
Laura Carleton, LSU, Gr., Lake Charles, La., 4.00 (Master of Business Administration)
Abbey D'Agostino, Dartmouth, Jr., Topsfield, Mass., 3.67 (Psychology)
Alexa Duling, South Dakota, Sr., Gregory, S.D., 4.00 (Business Ad. (G), Biology (UG))
Jordan Hasay, Oregon, Sr., Arroyo Grande, Calif., 3.87 (Business Administration)
Rhiannon Johns, UAB, Gr., Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, 4.00, (Mathematics (UG & G))
Anne Kesselring, Oregon, Sr., Nurnberg, Germany, 4.00 (Business Administration)
Nicole Look, Colorado, Sr., Castle Rock, Colo., 4.00 (Applied Mathematics)