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JCSU sprinter sweeps academics
Danielle Williams top women's track athlete
 
Published Tuesday, July 29, 2014 3:52 pm
by Herbert L. White

Johnson C. Smith graduate Danielle Williams has been named NCAA’s Division II top women’s track scholar-athlete of the year.

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Johnson C. Smith graduate Danielle Williams swept the indoor and outdoor women’s track scholar-athlete award for 2013-14, marking the first time a woman has won the outdoor honor in consecutive years.


Williams swept the indoor and outdoor honors for the 2013-14 season by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Erin Alewine of Central Missouri and Bethany Drake of Western Washington earned the award for indoor field and outdoor field, respectively. The three were cited for their academic and athletic achievements among 422 athletes who earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors. Williams also won the outdoor track award from 2013.


The awards are determined from individuals who earned all-academic status and placed highest in individual events at the NCAA national championships. Those who earn multiple individual national titles rank higher in tiebreakers and cumulative grade point average is weighed as the final tiebreaker to establish a winner.


Williams, a senior business administration major with a 3.89 cumulative GPA, won five individual national titles during the academic year. She is the third woman to have won the track award for both seasons since it was first awarded in 2007 and the first to win the outdoor honor in consecutive seasons.


Williams won indoor national titles at both 60 and 200 meters and in the 60-meter hurdles, and claimed the 100 and 200 meters crowns at the national outdoor championships.
JCSU’s Samantha Elliott (3.71 GPA), Tovea Jenkins (3.94), Domenique Julius-Williams (3.37), Shamaz Quince (3.52) and Trudy-Ann Richards also earned all-academic honors.

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