Track & Field Trio Earns Academic All-District Honors
June 3, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - Three members of the UMass track and field programs earned academic honors on Thursday as Sean Busch, Kevin Johnson and Shiyi Zan were all named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I men's and women's track & field/cross country first teams. By virtue of their first team selections, all three are now eligible for Academic All-America status.
Busch enjoyed his finest campaign at UMass thus far in 2009-10 as he won the pole vault title at the Atlantic 10 Championships both indoors and outdoors. In the program record book, Busch is tied for first all-time with a mark of 15-9 on the indoor pole vault list and stands second outdoors at 15-9, as well. He was a New England and IC4a qualifier this spring.
The junior has also excelled in the classroom, boasting a 3.74 grade-point average as an Electrical Engineering major. He was named the 2009-10 UMass Male Winter Scholar-Athlete and was also selected to the Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference team.
One of the Minutemen's top performers during the 2009 cross country season, Johnson led UMass to a second place finish at the Atlantic 10 Championships last fall. He took first on the team and seventh overall on the way to A-10 All-Conference honors. Johnson finished in UMass' top-five in three-of-six cross country meets in 2009. Most recently, during the outdoor track & field season, Johnson placed seventh in the 5,000 meter run.
With a 4.0 grade-point average as a Food Science major, Johnson has collected multiple academic honors. He has been selected to the Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference teams on three occasions, twice in cross country (2008 and 2009) and in outdoor track & field in 2009. The Dean's List student was named the UMass Male Fall Scholar-Athlete in 2009, as well.
Zan served as a team co-captain for the UMass women's cross country squad in 2009 and was the team's second finisher in each of the final four meets of the 2009 campaign. During the 2010 outdoor track season, Zan qualified for both the New England and ECAC Championships in the 10K. She placed eighth in the event at the A-10 Championships with a time of 37:20.21, the fourth-fastest time in school history.
The Kinesiology/Pre-med major finished her undergraduate career with a 3.94 GPA and was selected as the 2009 UMass Female Fall Scholar-Athlete in addition to earning Atlantic 10 Cross Country Academic All-Conference honors for a second consecutive year.
Zan was previously named the 2008 A-10 Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year, was a 2008 NCAA DI Northeast All-Region and All-Atlantic 10 cross country team member and was a 2008 A-10 Outdoor Women's Track & Field Academic All-Conference selection.