June 26, 2008
INDIANAPOLIS - Former University of New Mexico distance runner Jeremy Johnson has been awarded the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship the NCAA announced yesterday. Johnson was the lone Mountain West Conference athlete and one of 12 track athletes in the nation (all divisions of competition) to receive the men's scholarship this spring.
The Albuquerque Manzano product finished seventh in the 10,000 meters at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships to earn All-America honors for the third time in his career in his final race as a Lobo. He was also 20th at the 2007 NCAA Cross Country Championships and seventh at the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Track Championships.
Johnson was an eight-time all-Mountain West Conference honoree in track and cross country, and captured the MWC men's cross country title in 2007. He was an Academic All-MWC award winner each year and received third team Academic All-America honors last spring.
Johnson earned his degree in Mathematics in the summer of 2007 and is pursuing his master's in the subject.
The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition.
The one-time grants of $7,500 each are awarded for fall sports, winter sports and spring sports. Each sports season (fall, winter and spring), there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships available for women. The scholarships are one-time, non-renewable grants.