FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Four America East women combined for five All-America Awards from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The awards, announced by the USTFCCCA this morning, were given following the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, which were held this weekend at the Randal Tyson Track Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas.
Boston University's Katie Matthews (Rocky Hill, Conn.) highlighted the weekend by grabbing two All-America honors, including First Team All-America honors after placing fifth in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 15:42.27. Matthews broke her own school-record in the event by nearly four seconds. The graduate student also earned Second Team All-America honors with an 11th place finish in the 3,000 meter run.
Matthews teammate Allison Barwise (Orange, Conn.) earned Second Team All-America honors with a 16th place finish in the high jump. Barwise was joined as a Second Team All-American by Maine's Corey Conner (12th in the 5,000 meters) and UMBC's Mercedes Jackson (13th in prelims for 60 meter dash).
This marks the second straight year that the America East has had five All-America performances by four athletes at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. In 2012, Lucy Van Dalen snagged a pair of All-America honors and was the National Champion in the mile run. The America East now also boasts 132 All-Americans in the past five years.