May 26, 2016
WASHINGTON – Joshua Ellis and Brendan Johnson of American University were selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 Team for men's track & field and cross country, the organization announced Thursday.
Ellis and Johnson were among 15 student-athletes selected for the district team, which includes Division I schools from the District of Columbia, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
They will advance to the national ballot for consideration for Academic All-America awards.
Ellis earned his second All-District honor from CoSIDA in as many seasons. He won two individual titles during the cross country season, capturing both the DCXC/GW Invitational and the Leopard Invitational at Lafayette.
A graduate student from Austin, Texas, Ellis earned a 3.82 cumulative GPA while earning his bachelor's in political science and a 3.93 as a master's candidate in political communication.
Johnson won the Patriot League title in the 10,000-meter run at the league outdoor championships in early May. He was also selected as the PL Scholar-Athlete of the Year in men's outdoor track.
A junior from Waldorf, Md., Johnson carries a 3.65 GPA while double-majoring in political science and public health. He was selected as an Academic All-Patriot League Team member in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track during the 2015-16 academic year.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA at their institution. They must have completed one full calendar year at their institution and have reached sophomore eligibility.
Balloting is conducted by CoSIDA members working at institutions in the geographic district.
The College Sports Information Directors of America is an organization of more than 3,000 athletics communications professionals at all levels of college athletics. CoSIDA started the Academic All-America program in the mid-1950s.