Birk-Jarvis, Owens named Academic All-District
PROVO, Utah – BYU junior Erica Birk-Jarvis and sophomore Matt Owens were named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District 8 Teams.
Owens was named to the men’s CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 First Team and Birk-Jarvis was named to the women’s second team.
District 8 is made up eight states in the Western region of the United States – Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawai'i, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a sophomore academically with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average at his current institution. Nominated athletes must also be one of the top competitors on the team.
Academic All-District First Team honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
Owens took sixth place in the 3000m steeplechase at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships to earn All-America First Team honors. The All-American enters the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships with the third-fastest steeplechase time this season in the NCAA (8:32.59).
Adding five school records in the last four months to her impressive career at BYU, Birk-Jarvis was named an NCAA Cross Country All-American after finishing seventh at Nationals. The junior also received All-America First Team honors at the 2019 NCAA Indoor Championships in the 3000m (5th place) and distance medley relay (2nd place).
Birk-Jarvis is the first member of the women’s program to receive the All-District honors since Rachel Fisher in 2014. Owens marks the first member of the men’s team to receive the award since Mark Carlson in 2015.