FAIRFAX, Va. – Five Saint Joseph's women's track and field standouts have earned 2017 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar honors, it was announced in the April 6th edition of Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, Volume 34, No. 5. Senior long sprinter Ashley Gerald was selected to the Fourth Team, sophomore sprinter Nathaniela Bourdeau and fifth-year senior long sprinter and hurdler Dannah Hayward were tabbed to the Fifth Team, and junior triple jumper Aarynn Crawley and senior high jumper Emely Ramirez were recognized as Honorable Mentions.

Gerald and Hayward have now earned Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar recoginition for three years in a row, while Crawley and Ramirez earn their second consecutive honors from the organization.

Each sports scholar must be a non-freshman who competes in an intercollegiate sport, maintains a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.20, and is active in her campus or in the community.

Diverse: Issues In Higher Education established the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Awards "to honor undergraduate students of color who best exemplify academic and athletic achievement. Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe, Jr.'s commitment to education as well as his love for the game of tennis, U.S. colleges and universities are invited to participate in this annual awards program by nominating their outstanding sports scholars. In addition to their athletic ability and academic performance, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars demonstrate a commitment to community service and student leadership."