Southern Illinois University sprinter Tyjuana Eason earned second-team Google Cloud Academic All-America honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America, the organization announced Thursday.
This marks the first time that the Kankakee, Ill. native has been named an Academic All-American, and she is the first Saluki women’s track and field athlete to earn Academic All-America honors since Toni Whitfield in 2010. Overall, she becomes the 101th Saluki to earn Academic All-America laurels 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 grade point average.
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 and 200-meter dashes.
Eason was one of three from the Missouri Valley Conference that were selected to Cross Country/Track and Field Academic All-America teams, as she was joined by Valparaiso’s Katherine Germann and Loyola’s Riley DeMeulenaere.