Olivia Johnson Tabbed as First Team Academic All-America
June 23, 2011
MILWAUKEE - Marquette University distance runner Olivia Johnson was named to the Capital One Academic All-America® Women's Track & Field/Cross Country University Division First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
"I am very proud of what Olivia has achieved both athletically and in the classroom during her time at Marquette," head track and field coach Bert Rogers said. "She had an excellent cross country season and is a true team leader. Olivia sets a great example for her teammates and this is a well-deserved honor."
The accounting major holds a 4.0 grade point average and is a three-time BIG EAST All-Academic Team member. The Milford, Iowa native also earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors in 2010, following her participation at the West Preliminary Rounds of the NCAA Championships, where she competed in the 1,500-meter run.
Johnson was the top runner in every meet during the cross country season for the Marquette women, including top-50 finishes at both the 2010 BIG EAST Cross Country Championships and the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. She did not compete during the indoor or outdoor track and field seasons and will participate as a fifth-year senior in 2012.
Johnson joins Peter Bolgert as the first Marquette student-athletes to earn first team honors from CoSIDA since women's volleyball player Martha Meyer earned the recognition for the 1996-97 school year.
Marquette is one of only six institutions to place an athlete on both the men's and women's Academic All-America first teams, joining Dayton, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oregon and Stanford.
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