New Orleans, LA – Johnson C. Smith University's Danielle Williams has been named the 2013-14 women's Track Scholar Athlete of the Year in Division II by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Williams earned the honor for her performance during her senior seasons in indoor and outdoor track. Erin Alewine of Central Missouri and Bethany Drake of Western Washington received the award for indoor field and outdoor field, respectively.
Separate awards are given to track athletes and field athletes for the indoor and outdoor seasons, resulting in four categories.
Williams, a May graduate with a business administration degree and a 3.89 cumulative GPA, swept both the indoor and outdoor track Scholar Athlete of the Year awards following a season in which she won five individual national titles – defending her outdoor track award from 2013. The native of St. Andrew, Jamaica, is the third woman to have won the track award for both seasons since it first began in 2007, and is the first to have won the outdoor track award in two consecutive seasons.
She 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 outdoor championships. She was also just fractions of a second away from a 100-meter hurdles title.
Horane Holgate, also of Johnson C. Smith, held the highest cumulative GPA amongst HBCU's eight male honorees. The St. Thomas, Jamaica native recently received his degree in psychology with a 3.98 GPA.
Scholar Athlete of the Year Awards are determined from among those who earned All-Academic status and placed highest in individual events at the NCAA Championships. Those who earn multiple individual championship titles rank higher in the tie-breaking process, and cumulative GPA is weighed as the final tiebreaker to establish a winner.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have reached a provisional or automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships in either indoor or outdoor seasons.
HBCU Division II All-Academic Track and Field Athletes
|Samantha Elliott||Johnson C. Smith||3.71||Business Administration|
|Tovea Jenkins||Johnson C. Smith||3.94||Business Administration|
|Domenique Julius-Williams||Johnson C. Smith||3.37||Biology|
|Shamaz Quince||Johnson C. Smith||3.52||Sports Management|
|Trudy-Ann Richards||Johnson C. Smith||3.80||History & Psychology|
|Danielle Williams||Johnson C. Smith||3.89||Business Administration|
|Genae Butler||Lincoln (Pa.)||3.32||Health Science|
|Brittany Brown||Saint Augustine’s||4.00||Communications|
|Fanta Fofana||Saint Augustine’s||3.79||Business Administration|
|Cherrisse Lynch||Saint Augustine’s||3.83||Biology|
|Jerily Benjamin||UDC||3.58||Health Education|
|Patrick Campbell||Johnson C. Smith||3.44||Business Administration|
|Horane Holgate||Johnson C. Smith||3.98||Psychology|
|Waynee Hyman||Johnson C. Smith||3.31||Physical Education|
|Rajiv Service||Johnson C. Smith||3.63||Biology|
|Randale Watson||Johnson C. Smith||3.89||Computer Engineering|
|Miles Green||Lincoln (Pa.)||3.29||Business|
|Taffawee Johnson||Saint Augustine’s||3.64||Sport Managment|
|John King||Saint Augustine’s||3.79||Business Administration|