Johns Hopkins Places Four on CoSIDA Academic All-District Team
BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins placed four student-athletes on the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country Teams. Seniors Jordan Delane and Courtney Kelly, junior Lindsay Cheu and sophomore Caroline Smith each earned first team honors. The quartet move onto the national ballot where first, second and third team All-America honorees will be announced on June 22.
Johns Hopkins has now produced 17 CoSIDA Academic All-District selections for track & field/cross country in the last six seasons. In three of the last four years, the Blue Jays have had four selections. The District II region includes Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island and West Virginia. The be nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.3 or higher cumulative grade point average and be a starter or significant reserve.
In the last four years, the Johns Hopkins women’s cross country team has won three NCAA Championships and finished in fourth place at the 2015 championship. The Blue Jays also won four Centennial Conference (CC) and NCAA Mideast Regional championships. The track & field team has been just as dominant in the conference, winning eight titles in the last four years (4 indoor, 4 outdoor).
Kelly graduated with a degree in molecular and cellular biology with a 3.45 cumulative GPA. This fall, she will begin study at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry. She finished in third place at the 2015 CC Cross Country Championship and 11th at the NCAA Mideast Regional. Kelly was a research assistant in Johns Hopkins Departments of Biophysics and Organic Chemistry. She also mentored inner-city children in Baltimore to inspire them to attend college.
Delane finished her degree in Spanish with a 3.43 cumulative GPA. She finished in 18th place at the CC Cross Country Championships and 35th at the NCAA Mideast Regional this past fall. At the 2016 CC Indoor Championship, Delane took second in the 3K (10:07.92) and fourth in the 5K (17:45.50). She was named the USTFCCCA National Runner of the Week on January 16. She coordinated a charity 5K race to benefit Lymphoma and was a member of the JHU SAAC.
Cheu is majoring in neuroscience, boasts a 3.98 cumulative GPA and was named the 2016 CC Indoor Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She garnered All-America honors at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Championship as part of the Distance Medley Relay squad that placed seventh. She was a member of the 4x400 Centennial Indoor and Outdoor championship squads and placed third in the 800m at the 2016 CC Outdoor Championship. Cheu is a research assistant at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and spent last summer as a research intern at USC studying Alzheimer’s disease. She also volunteers for various organizations throughout Baltimore.
Smith has a 3.43 cumulative GPA in international studies. She had a breakout sophomore season, earning All-America honors in cross country and track. She finished fourth at the CC Championship, third at the NCAA Mideast Regional and 12th at the NCAA Cross Country Championship. Smith was part of the Distance Medley Relay team that placed seventh at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Championship. She finished in fourth in the mile at the CC Indoor Championship, as well as fourth in the 800m and 1500m at the CC Outdoor Championship. Smith works in the Johns Hopkins Athletic Department and participates in multiple community service organizations on campus.