Xiong Earns Academic All-America

June 18, 2009

Arizona senior sprinter Xuehan Xiong repeated as a first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American for Track & Field in voting by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America.

The native of Wuhan, China, graduated with a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average in computer sciences in May, among his numerous scholastic accomplishments. He also earned NCAA All-Region athletic honors as a member of Arizona's 4x100 meter relay team this past season.

Xiong is a two-time first-team Academic All-America honoree, twice earning CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII honors to get on the national ballots.

He concluded his undergraduate work as a co-valedictorian among Arizona's student-athlete population and has been accepted to the prestigious Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He earned summa cum laude honors from UA's College of Science this past year.

He was a three-time Academic All-Pac-10 selection and also earned Mountain Pacific Sports Federation academic accolades during the indoor track season.

University of Arizona student-athletes have earned 80 Academic All-America citations from CoSIDA, with Xiong's pair added to the most recent selections of swimmer Whitney Myers and softball player Autumn Champion in 2006.

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