Runners Johnson, Proceviat honoured for academic excellence
By Steve Frost
Simon Fraser University middle-distance runners Jennifer Johnson and Cameron Proceviat have been singled out for academic excellence by the U.S. Track & Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), earning All-Academic honours.
Johnson, a graduate student working on her master's degree in international studies, was ranked fourth overall in the 5,000 metres during the outdoor track- and-field season. She finished 13th overall at the outdoor national championships.
She overcame a series of injuries, including a broken femur and fibula, to finally achieve All-American honours in cross-country and indoor track-and-field this season.
Johnson inspires her teammates with her work ethic and leadership while also carrying a 3.93 grade point average (GPA) out of a possible 4.33.
This season Proceviat was a nationally ranked middle distance runner and finished 11th overall in the 800 metres at the outdoor championships. He earned all-conference honours in outdoor track.
Proceviat won his first Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) title in the mile and won three GNAC Indoor championships in the 800 metres, distance medley relay and 4x400m relay. He was a key member of the men's cross-country team that qualified for nationals for the first time.
Proceviat is president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, volunteers as a learning coach and tutor, and carries a 3.85 GPA while studying molecular biology.
Earlier this year, Johnson and Proceviat received the SFU Terry Fox Awards for Inspiration. (To watch video: Terry Fox Award for Inspiration).
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field teams, student athletes must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better and have reached a provisional or automatic qualifying standard for the National Collegiate Athletic Association championships in either the indoor or outdoor season.