CARBONDALE — SIU sprinter Tyjuana Eason earned second team Google Cloud Academic All-America honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America, the organization announced Thursday.
Eason, a Kankakee native, became the first Saluki women's track and field athlete to earn academic All-American honors since Toni Whitfield in 2010. She became the 101st Saluki to earn academic All-American honors since 1970.
Eason graduated from SIU with a bachelor's degree in social work and is currently a graduate student in the program with a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA. The 2019-20 Missouri Valley Conference Women's Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Eason won three conference titles en route to being named the conference's Most Valuable Athlete at the 2020 MVC indoor championships. An 11-time MVC champion and a 19-time All-MVC honoree, Eason finished her career as the school record holder in both the indoor 60-meter dash and 200 dash.
Eason was one of three from the MVC that were selected to the cross country/track and field academic All-American teams, joining Valparaiso's Katherine Germann and Loyola's Riley DeMeulenaere.
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