Denoon Garners USTFCCCA All-Academic Award
Baton Rouge, La. – Zakiya Denoon was honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Thursday for her excellence in the classroom and on the track by receiving a USTFCCCA All-Academic award.
“Zakiya exhibits a strong work ethic in the classroom and this award is a testament to the time, dedication and hard work she demonstrates towards her academic pursuits,” Adriana Mason, associate director at the Cox Communications Academic Center, said.
Denoon, a sport administration major, had an excellent first season for the Purple and Gold. The five-time NJCAA champion had a heavy presence on LSU’s 4×400 meter all season long and she competed in races that ranged from the 60 meters to 400 meters. Denoon served as the third leg of the 4×400 meter relay team that claimed an SEC title during indoors with a season-best time of 3:30.85; she would go on to serve as the anchor leg of the 4×400 meter relay at the NCAA Indoor Championships and helped the team place seventh with a time of 3:31.89. The time of 3:30.85 ran at the SEC Indoor Championships is the eighth-fastest in LSU history.
During the outdoor season, Denoon earned her second first team All-America honor of the season with a sixth-place finish as a member of the 4×400 meter relay team (3:32.08) at the NCAA Championships. She ran the second leg of the 4×4 at the SEC Championships that resulted in a third-place showing for the relay squad with a season-best time of 3:28.02. Individually, she was crowned the 100 meter dash champion at the Louisiana Classics meet with a time of 11.49. She clocked a career-best readout of 11.30 in the 100 meter dash at the NCAA East Preliminaries and narrowly missed out on an individual berth at the national meet.
To qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and have met at least one of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, the student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 of an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 in a relay event, or, for the outdoor season, the student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships.