Alabama Track and Field Duo Earn Capital One Academic All-American Honors

Alexis Paine

June 26, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama track and field standouts Alexis Paine, a senior, and Nia Barnes, a junior, earned a place on the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Women's Track and Field/Cross Country team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

"I'm extremely proud of Alexis and Nia and everything they've accomplished both on the track and in the classroom," UA head coach Dan Waters said. "At the University of Alabama we strive for excellence every day and this is another great example of what happens when hard work and dedication come together."

A three-time All-American in the pole vault, Paine earned second team Academic All-American honors for the second year in a row. The school record holder in the pole vault for both indoor and outdoor, the Mobile, Alabama, native is carries a 3.89 cumulative grade point average in English. The 2013 Southeastern Conference Pole Vault Champion has been a senator in Alabama's student government association and was inducted in the Mortar Board honor society.

Barnes, a native of West Orange, New Jersey, earned third team honors while carrying a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA in telecommunication and film/media production while minoring in Spanish. Ranked second all-time at Alabama in the hammer throw, Barnes has been inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta, Kappa Tau Alpha and Phi Eta Sigma national honor societies.

With two on the track and field/cross country team, Alabama has now placed a school-record 13 student-athletes on Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America teams during the 2013-14 academic year. The Crimson Tide put six on the at-large team - Kim Jacob (gymnastics), Stephanie Meadow (women's golf), Mary Anne Daines (women's tennis), Cory Whitsett (men's golf), Bobby Wyatt (men's golf) and Lauren Beers (gymnastics) - four on the softball team - Molly Fichtner, Kaila Hunt, Haylie McCleney and Ryan Iamurri - and one on the women's soccer team - Kendall Khanna.