by Falcons Sports Information Department
Raleigh, NC (June 22) – Saint Augustine’s University’s Omar Johnson, Shawn Rowe and Shakera Hall garnered Academic All-America Division II track and field honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday, June 22, 2017.
The academic award highlights student-athletes with a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or higher who are key contributors on their respective teams. The student-athletes were nominated and selected by members of CoSIDA.
Johnson, a native of St. Ann, Jamaica, was selected to the Academic All-America men’s team for the second straight year, earning first-team accolades. In May 2017, he graduated with a 3.40 GPA and scored points in the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes to help the Falcons win their fifth straight NCAA Division II national men’s outdoor title. A third-team Academic All-America selection a year ago, Johnson placed second in the 400 and third in the 200 in the national meet last month. A physical education major, Johnson won national titles in two events in 2015 – the outdoor 400 meters and the indoor 4x400-meter relay.
Rowe, a West Palm Beach, Fla., native, was chosen to the men’s second team after a stellar senior year. He graduated in May with a 3.32 GPA and led the Falcons to the men’s Division II outdoor national championship, winning the 400-meter hurdles. Rowe was also a member of the winning 4x400 relay squad and placed second in the 110-meter hurdles. In addition to his track exploits, the criminal justice major was named 2017 CIAA Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Both Rowe and Johnson led the Falcons to their 20th straight CIAA indoor and outdoor championships.
Hall, a native of Bridgetown, Barbados, was voted to the women’s third team after excelling on the track and in the classroom. The Lady Falcons senior posted a 3.95 GPA and was the 2017 CIAA Indoor Women’s Field MVP after claiming her second Pentathlon title at the conference meet. The business administration major was also a standout volleyball player for the Lady Falcons, leading the CIAA in kills per set in 2016. Hall had the team highest grade point average in women’s volleyball and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field.
To see the entire CoSIDA Academic All-America list, go to cosida.com.