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Senior Darius Law, the 49ers all-America sprinter, earned his school-record third Capital One Academic all-America Award, presented by College Sports information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Law, who graduated with a 4.0 GPA in Business Management, earned first team honors on the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America Men's Track & Field/Cross Country teams. It is his second straight first-team Academic all-America Award and his third Academic all-America honor.
Law, who won a school record 26 career gold medals in Atlantic 10 Championship competition, including seven this year. He earned all-America honors in the 400 meters as a junior. He competed at the 2011 NCAA Championships in the 400 meters and was the only athlete to qualify for the 2010 NCAA Championships in both the 200 and 400 meters. He was the 2011 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track and Field Student-Athlete of the Year.
In his four-year career, Law was a three-time Most Outstanding Performer at the Atlantic 10 Track and Field Championships and a five-time Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the Year in track and field. He led the 49ers men's indoor and outdoor track and field teams to five conference championships in his four years and was the 2008 A-10 Most Outstanding Rookie in both Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field.
The 2010 Arthur Ashe Jr. National Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Law was one of three national finalists for the NCAA's prestigious Walter Byers Post-Graduate Scholarship this past year.
He is the 49ers nominee for the 2011 Atlantic 10 Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Law joins women's soccer's Lindsey Beam/Ozimek and women's track's Sharonda Johnson as the three 49ers that have won three academic all-America honors. He also joins Beam/Ozimek and women's track's Lamarra Currie as the program's only two-time first-team Academic All-America honorees.
Known as much for his community service as his athletics and academics, Law won the university's Nish Jamgotch Humanitarian Award this spring, as well. Among his many comunity service projects, Law spearheaded department-wide efforts to raise money and shoes for Samaritan's Feet. He also served as President of the 49ers' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and represented the Atlantic 10 SAAC at the national SAAC convention.
Charlotte 49ers Academic all-America By The Numbers:
36 - All-time Academic all-America Awards won by 49ers
23 - Individual 49er student-athletes that have won an Academic all-America Award
11 - Consecutive years the 49ers have had at least one Academic all-America
9 - School-record Academic all-America Awards won by one sport (Women's Soccer)
3 - Three-time Academic all-America Award winners (Lindsey Beam/Ozimek; Sharonda Johnson; Darius Law)
3 - Two-time First Team Academic all-America Award winners (Lindsey Beam/Ozimek; Lamarra Currie; Darius Law)
1 - The 49ers first Academic all-America was women's tennis player Siobhan Riley, who was named 3rd team in the at-large category in 1985.