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Hopkins Places Four on Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-District Team

Caroline Smith has been named Academic All-District for the second time in her career.
Caroline Smith has been named Academic All-District for the second time in her career.
May 29, 2018

 Lauren Dellipoali
By Lauren Dellipoali
Athletic Communications Assistant
Complete CoSIDA Academic Release

BALTIMORE, MD. – Four members of the Johns Hopkins women’s track & field team have been named to the 2017-18 Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-District Team. Seniors Jenn Su and Caroline Smith have earned the honor for the second time in their careers while juniors Ellie Clawson and Maya Hammonds are making their first appearance on the team.

The District II region includes Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island and West Virginia. To be nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.30 or higher cumulative grade point average.

The Blue Jays have now produced 25 Academic All-District selections, including 23 since 2011. JHU has had at least two representatives on the team in six straight seasons and the four selections are the most since JHU had four members on the 2016 team. Johns Hopkins also placed four student-athletes on the 2014 team. Su and Smith became the fourth and fifth Blue Jays to earn CoSIDA Academic All-District honors in their careers as Su made the team last year and Smith was honored in 2016.

Su, who qualified for both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Championships in the pentathlon and heptathlon, was named the Centennial Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year for the indoor season as she earned First Team All-Centennial in the pentathlon and was also named to the conference honor roll. Su also earned Mid-East All-Region for both the pentathlon and heptathlon and was also named First Team All-Centennial in the outdoor season as well. The Livingston, NJ native graduated with a degree in biology with a 3.92 GPA. She holds four Hopkins track & field records and ranks in the top-five in two others. Off the track, Su is a member of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity and also volunteers at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is a lab assistant at the Institute for Genetic Medicine and is also a teaching assistant in both the engineering and biochemistry labs at JHU.

Smith, who was a vital member of the cross country team which won its fifth National Championship this fall, graduated with a 3.63 GPA with a major in behavioral biology. During the cross country season, she earned four top-team finishes and was named First Team All-Centennial and First Team All-Region. She also garnered the Centennial Conference Runner of the Week as she set a new personal best time of 20:38 at the Mideast Regional race where she earned a fifth-place finish. On the track, she qualified for both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Championships this season. The Simsbury, CT native qualified for the mile run during the indoor season and the steeplechase during the outdoor season as her time of 11:16.08 is the sixth-fastest time in program history. She also earned all-region honors for the steeplechase as well as for the mile run and as a part of the distance medley team during the indoor campaign. Smith also works in the athletic center office as a secretary and mentors local high school students. She has also shadowed two orthopedic surgeons and a facial plastic surgeon and has worked as a camp counselor.

Clawson had an amazing junior season, beginning with the cross country season, capturing first place in the Centennial Conference Championships and the regional race and earned a third-place finish in the National Championship race. For the season, she finished in the top-six in six of the seven races as she was named the CC Runner of the Year and the Mid-East Runner of the Year. Clawson qualified for the NCAA National Championships for both the indoor and the outdoor track seasons. She earned All-Regional accolades for both seasons and was named an All-American during the outdoor season for both the 5 and 10K races. For the year Clawson earned three All-American awards and was named all region for cross country, the 5k (indoor), the 5k (outdoor) and the 10K (outdoor). The Bellevue, WA native has a 3.55 GPA with a major in neuroscience.

Hammonds was named the Centennial Conference Track Athlete of the Year for the outdoor season and also earned first and second team honors in the indoor and outdoor seasons. She was also named All Region for three events in the indoor and outdoor seasons and qualified for the long jump in NCAAs in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. The New Hartford, NY native currently owns three school records and ranks in the top-three in two others. She is currently majoring in molecular and cellular biology and sports a 3.61 GPA.

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