20 St. John's Student-Athletes Named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars

June 30, 2009

QUEENS, N.Y. - The Red Storm added to its outstanding 2008-09 academic year with the announcement of the Diverse: Issue's In Higher Education, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Award winners. St. John's University boasts 20 recipients representing 8 of the Red Storm's 17 NCAA Division I athletic programs. The award, established in 1992, honors those diverse undergraduate student-athletes who excel both academically and athletically.

"We are very proud that these student-athletes are representing us as this year's Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars," said Chris Monasch, Director of Athletics. "They are true models of what student-athletes should be, having achieved in both the classroom and on the fields of competition."

Three student-athletes were represented on the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars first team: junior Rene Cousins, from the women’s track & field team, boasting a 3.77 cumulative GPA in Legal Studies; junior Jenai Mapp Watson, from the women’s fencing team, who had a 3.56 cumulative GPA in Actuarial Science and men’s basketball sophomore Justin Burrell, who earned a 3.39 cumulative GPA in communication arts.

This award is inspired by its namesake, tennis legend Arthur Ashe Jr., and his commitment to education, as well as his love for the game of tennis. In addition to athletic ability and achievements on the fields, courses and courts, the award winners must demonstrate academic excellence in the classroom as well service to the community.

Qualifications for this award require students to compete in an intercollegiate sport, complete at least one academic year of course work maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 and be active on their campuses and in their communities.

Below is a list of the Red Storm student-athletes honored with the Arthur Ashe Jr. Award. The following is broken down by team. Class and majors are listed in parentheses.

Men’s Basketball
First Team: Justin Burrell (Sophomore/Communication Arts)

Women’s Basketball
Third Team: Joy McCorvey (Junior/Childhood Education-Special Education)
Third Team: Kristin Moore (Senior/Finance)
Honorable Mention: Sky Lindsay (Sophomore/Finance)

Women’s Cross Country, Track & Field
First Team: Rene Cousins (Junior/Legal Studies)
Second Team: Tyneka Greene (Senior/Hospitality Management)
Third Team: Rakibat Abiola (Senior/Anthropology) *
Fourth Team: Bintou Dibba (Sophomore/Chemistry)
Fourth Team: Fayanne Francis (Junior/Health Services Administration) *
Honorable Mention: Asia Davy (Junior/Sports Management)
Honorable Mention: Vanessa Thompson (Sophomore/Childhood Education)

Women’s Fencing
First Team: Jenai Mapp Watson (Junior/Actuarial Science) *

Women’s Golf
Second Team: Samantha Tejada (Junior/Finance) *

Men’s Soccer
Second Team: Jara Habib (Junior/Finance)
Third Team: Ben Clack (Junior/Business)
Third Team: Adam Himeno (Junior/Business)

Women’s Soccer
Second Team: Tara Mendoza (Junior/Adolescent Education-Social Studies) *
Third Team: Tatiana Duggan (Junior/Biology) *

Men’s Tennis
Second Team: Gustavo Loza (Senior/Economics)
Second Team: Jordan Talbot (Senior/Sports Management) *

* Denotes two-time Arthur Ashe Jr. award winner.

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