FAYETTEVILLE – Junior Maureen Scott and senior Laura Jakosky continued to pile on the awards for the University of Arkansas Lady Razorback track team on Thursday when they were named 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans.
Scott was one of 15 women named to the all-American first-team, while Jakosky was a second-team pick. For Scott it is her second first-team academic all-America honor making her just the second Lady Razorback to ever accomplish the task. Former Lady Razorback and two-time all-American Andreina Byrd was the other to earn two first team honors in 2002 and 2003.
“Laura and Maureen both take great pride in any task they choose to pursue,” Arkansas head coach Lance Harter said. “Their success in athletics is obvious with their participation at the NCAA Championships, but their highest priority is in the classroom. Maureen’s perfect 4.0 and Laura’ 3.9, led the way for our team of more than 30 student-athletes to a team GPA over 3.0 which is almost unheard of. These are certainly the types of student-athletes that we go after in recruiting and they continue to represent our athletic program and university with great pride.”
Scott owns a perfect 4.0 grade point average in exercise science and finished her collegiate season at the NCAA Outdoor Championships where she competed in the steeplechase. She is continuing to run competitively this summer and is currently at the USA Track and Field Championships in Carson, Calif., where she takes on the nation’s best in her signature event, the steeplechase.
Just one day after being named to the Southeastern Conference’s Good Works Team, Jakosky adds another award to her trophy cabinet. Her first academic all-America honor, Jakosky earned a 3.90 GPA in honors marketing at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, graduating with honors in May. She concluded her outdoor track eligibility at the NCAA Championships earlier this month, but plans to return to Fayetteville in the fall to finish her cross country eligibility and attend graduate school.
To be eligible for the academic all-America honors, student-athletes must maintain a minimum 3.20 GPA, be a sophomore or older and be a significant contributor to their team. The voting process began in May when they were nominated for academic all-District honors against athletes from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The 10 athletes from each of the eight district’s first-teams were then voted on again to determine the academic all-Americans.
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