June 23, 2006 - by
Janson Cited For Top Academic and Athletic Honor Named First-Team Academic All-American

June 23, 2006

Tallahassee, Fla. – Redshirt senior Lacy Janson (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) added yet another honor to her growing trophy collection. The two-time NCAA Pole Vault Champion was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American list as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday, June 22, 2006.

The fifth-year dietetics major posted a GPA of 3.68 during the academic year in addition to her All-American performance on the track. During the course of the 2006 season, the eight-time ACC Champion won the NCAA Outdoor title, finished in second place at indoor nationals and became the second woman in college history to clear 15-feet in the pole vault. She extended her undefeated string of conference titles and broke the NCAA collegiate record in winning her eighth and final league pole vault championship.

Overall, Janson helped the women’s team to one of the best seasons in the last 20 years scoring points at conference, regionals and nationals. She helped the women’s team to top three finishes at the indoor and outdoor conference meets and contributed to the team’s Top 15 finishes at both NCAA National Championships.

Janson is just the 32nd FSU student-athlete to earn the recognition since 1970. She is the seventh track Academic All-American and only the second female in track program history to make the team, joining high jumper Wendy Markham who took the honor in 1985. She is one of two student-athletes representing the ACC this season, alongside the University Player of the Year Anne Bergsahl.

Earlier this week, redshirt junior Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy), junior Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) and redshirt freshman Javier Garcia-Tunon (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit) were named to the men’s first-team. Six track athletes have earned the honor in the last two seasons.

CoSIDA, the national organization for sports information directors, annually awards student-athletes who have a GPA of 3.2 or better and are an important starter or reserve on their team. Eight districts select college and university first-, second- and third-teams, of which the first-team honorees advance to the national pool, competing for a spot on the All-America team. 15 members are selected for first- and second-team on the national level for college and university divisions.

Janson is scheduled to compete at the 2006 AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., from June 21-25, 2006.

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