Five Sun Devils earn Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars recognition
The 2009 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholars were announced this week in the latest issue of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine with five Arizona State University student-athletes earning recognition for their academic achievements during the past academic year. Named for famed tennis player and scholar Arthur Ashe, student-athletes have to compete in an intercollegiate sport, carry a 3.2 or better cumulative grade-point average and be active on their campuses and/or in their communities to be eligible for the award.
The five Sun Devils recognized included women's golfer Azahara Munoz, women's track & field athletes Dominique' Maloy and Cj Navarro and men's track & field athletes Justin Kremer and Jeremy Egboro. ASU was one of only four schools in the Pac-10 Conference to have honorees, which also included Washington, Oregon State and UCLA.
Overall, ASU placed two individuals on the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholars First Team list with Munoz and Kremer earning the top distinction. Navarro was a second team honoree while Egboro was selected to the third team and Maloy was an honorable mention selection.
Munoz, who was selected as the top honoree for women's golf with a 3.96 GPA, helped the Sun Devils to the 2009 NCAA Championship, the seventh national title in program history, while also accumulating numerous academic honors during the season. The 2009 British Amateur champion, Munoz was named as an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American and was the 2009 Pac-10 Scholar of the Year for Women's Golf. The first two-time recipient of the Edith Munson Cumming Award, Munoz graduated from ASU with a degree in psychology and was a four-time NGCA All-American Scholar.
Both Maloy and Navarro helped the Sun Devil women's track and field program to a third-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships as All-American selections with Maloy garnering the national accolade in the 200m dash, the 4x100m relay and the 4x400m relay while Navarro, in her first national meet, finished eighth in the discus to collect her first All-America honor. Maloy, who also was an indoor All-American in the 4x400m relay, and Navarro both earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors and helped the women earn its third-consecutive distinction as the USTFCCCA Women's Outdoor Scholar Team of the Year. Both women also were selected as Pac-10 All-Academic honorees and Academic All-MPSF selections.
Kremer and Egboro also were multiple academic honorees during the season as both earned a place on the Pac-10 All-Academic teams during the outdoor season. Kremer, who was one of a program-record five First Team Pac-10 All-Academic honorees this year, was also selected as a member of the USTFCCCA All-Academic team. Both men also were honored as Academic All-MPSF honorees during the indoor season.