Shiyi Zan Named Atlantic 10 Cross Country Student-Athlete Of The Year
Nov. 14, 2008
Amherst, Mass. - Redshirt sophomore Shiyi Zan (Ottawa, Ontario) has been named the Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the Year in women's cross country in voting conducted among the league's sports information directors. Also earning Academic All-Conference honors for the Minutemen was sophomore Kevin Johnson (Ludlow, Mass.).
Finishing first for the Minutewomen at every meet this season, Zan boasts a 3.947 grade point average in the rigorous study of Kinesiology. This is the second consecutive year Zan has been named to the Cross Country Academic All-Conference team. At the Atlantic 10 Championships on Nov. 1 at Charlotte, Zan earned a spot on the All-Conference first team, running the 5K in 18:18.3 for an eighth place ranking.
With a season-best time of 18:05.7, Shiyi Zan finished ninth overall at the Albany Invitational (10/18), helping the Minutewomen to a seventh place finish of 24 teams. With her highest mark of the season, Zan finished first overall at home versus Maine, Vermont, and Colgate with a time of 18:21. For her efforts in that race, Zan earned Atlantic 10 Co-Runner of the Week as well as UMass/Dinn Bros. Athlete of the Week.
Sophomore Kevin Johnson was also named to the Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference team. Johnson holds a 4.0 GPA in Food Science & Nutrition and is a strong finisher for the Minutemen this season. At the Atlantic 10 Championships (11/1), Johnson finished seventh on the team, 20th overall with a time of 25:08.7. This proved to be crucial, as the Minutemen won their second-ever Atlantic 10 title. With his best time of the season, Johnson finished 69th at the Paul Short Invitational (10/3), crossing the finish line in 24:53. In his highest finish of the season, Johnson crossed the finish line ninth overall at home versus Maine, Vermont, Colgate, and UConn (9/13) with a time of 26:26.
Below is the complete Atlantic 10 release:
Shiyi Zan of Massachusetts and Richmond's Matt Llano have been named the Atlantic 10 Student-Athletes of the Year in women's and men's cross country, respectively, in voting conducted among the Conference's sports information directors.
Zan finished first for the Minutewomen and eighth overall at the 2008 Atlantic 10 Championship on Nov. 1 at Charlotte's Campus Course with a time of 18:18.3, garnering All-Conference first-team honors for her efforts. The Ottawa, Ontario, native was the individual champion on Sept. 20 in Massachusetts' home quad-meet versus Colgate, Maine and Vermont and finished ninth overall at the Albany Invitational on Oct. 18 in a season-best time of 18:05.7. Named to the Cross Country Academic All-Conference team for the second consecutive year, Zan boasts a 3.947 grade point average majoring in Kinesiology.
Joining Zan on the women's cross country Academic All-Conference team are teammates Becky Clark and Christina Schneider of Xavier; Liana Blue of Charlotte; Richmond's Diana Filtz and Nicol Traynor; and Mary Moloney of Saint Louis.
Llano finished runner-up to Charlotte's Adu Dentamo at the 2008 Atlantic 10 Championship in a time of 24:05.2 and earned All-Conference distinction for the second consecutive season. The Arnold, Md., resident earned A-10 Performer of the Week honors after placing first in a field of 117 runners on Sept. 13 at the Navy Invitational with a time of 24:38.3. A two-time Academic All-Conference selection, Llano sports a 3.65 grade point average as a Psychology major.
Llano is joined on the men's cross country Academic All-Conference team by Clifton Hilario of Fordham; Charlotte's Ryan Jank; Kevin Johnson of Massachusetts; Dayton's Chris Lemon; and Andrew Wagoner of La Salle.