Rider's Jackson Named CoSIDA Academic All-District

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
         
Release: May 25, 2017
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Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – Rider University track and field standout Johnathan Jackson (Roselle, NJ/Magnet) was selected as a Cross Country / Track & Field CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 honoree as announced on Thursday afternoon by the organization. Jackson, who recently graduated as dual major in both Human Resource Management and Health Care Management, maintained a 3.93 GPA while producing record-breaking performances on the track for the Broncs.

In the classroom, he has landed on the Dean's List and earned Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) All-Academic honors three times.

Jackson excelled during both the indoor and outdoor campaigns as a senior. He holds the Rider record in both the 800M and 1,000M for indoor and was part of the 4x800M quartet that set a new program best this season. At the 2017 MAAC Indoor Championships, he propelled the Broncs to their first-ever indoor conference championship thanks to taking home gold in the 800M. Jackson also holds the outdoor record as part of the 4x800M relay and he has the second-fastest time in Rider history in the 800M outdoors. He brought home two gold medals at this year's MAAC Outdoor Championship.

“Jackson had a tremendous senior year,” Rider Cross Country / Track and Field Head Coach Bob Hamer said. “He was able to win numerous MAAC titles and All-East honors. Every time he stepped onto the track you knew you were going to a get a great effort.  He was always someone who was committed to working hard to be successful in every aspect of his life. He was just as committed to his academics as he was his athletics. This is an honor that is quintessential JJ.”

Jackson will now be on the ballot for the Academic All-American award, which will be selected next month. He was also one of just three players from the MAAC to receive this distinction this season.
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