CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia triple jumper Owayne Owens has been named to the 2022-23 Academic All-America Track & Field/Cross Country First Team while Cavalier steeplechaser, Derek Johnson earned second-team honors as announced Thursday (June 29) by the College Sports Communicators.
Owens cracks the Academic All-America teams for the third-consecutive year after being named to the second team in 2021 and the first team in 2022. Johnson earns CSC Academic All-American honors for the first time in his career becoming the fifth Cavalier among men and women to earn the honor.
With Owens and Johnson’s selections to the teams, Virginia has landed a school record 10 selections to the CSC Academic All-America in the 2022-23 season.
Both Owens and Johnson turned in impressive seasons on the track over the course of the 2022-23 season. Owens posted his best finish at an NCAA championship meet finishing third at the NCAA Indoor Championships. The outdoor ACC triple jump champion placed sixth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Johnson’s campaign was highlighted by an All-American finish in the 3000-meter steeplechase placing eighth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Johnson set the Virginia record in the event at the Elliott Denman New Jersey International meet clocking 8:25.23. He also set the UVA indoor 5000-meter record running 13:39.88.
Owens remains the only member of the Virginia men’s and women’s track and field program to earn first-team honors. He is also the only UVA track and field athlete to be selected as an Academic All-American more than once.
Virginia Track & Field CSC Academic All-Americans
|2007||Andrew Dumm||Third Team|
|2013||Mark Amirault||Third Team|
|2021||Owayne Owens||Second Team|
|2021||Michaela Meyer||Second Team|
|2022||Owayne Owens||First Team|
|2023||Owayne Owens||First Team|
|2023||Derek Johnson||Second Team|