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Felts was named the AAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and the Three Niners received the Scholar-Athlete Award

By meerna Jul11,2024
Felts was named the AAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and the Three Niners received the Scholar-Athlete Award

IRVING, Texas — Charlotte Senior Athletics Riley Felts was honored as the American Athletic Conference’s Athlete-Teacher of the Year, the league office announced Wednesday afternoon.

Additionally, three Niners athletes were named Athlete of the Year in their respective sports: Felts (women’s indoor track and field), Dazia Lawrence (women’s basketball) and Lauren Johnston (women’s cross-country running).


Felts, from Matthews, North Carolina, earned a 4.00 grade point average in her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. In May, she earned her master’s degree in civil engineering with a 3.90 grade point average. Felts also minored in math and environmental science. A three-time CSC Academic All-District and a 2021 CoSIDA Academic All-American, Felts received the Provost’s Student-Athlete Academic Achievement Award for her academic achievements in 2023-2024.

On the court, the fifth-year senior leaves Charlotte as the most accomplished pole vaulter in school history. She was a two-time national runner-up at the NCAA Championships last season, won seven individual conference championships and holds the school record in the indoor and outdoor pole vault.


Lawrence earned a perfect 4.00 GPA as a graduate student, earning a certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She also represented Charlotte and the American Athletic Conference at the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum in April.

On the court, Lawrence earned First Team All-Conference honors after averaging 18.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. Her scoring average was fourth in the conference and she became the 28th Niner in program history to score 1,000 career points. She was twice named AAC Player of the Week and received NCAA Starting Five honors on Feb. 28.


Johnston earned a 3.62 GPA while majoring in sports science. The senior from Cary, NC was named to the 2024 CSC Academic All-District Team. On the track, Johnston was an All-American Athletic Conference runner, placing sixth at the American Conference Cross Country Championships in November. She qualified for the NCAA Southeast Regionals for the second straight year.


The Scholar Athlete of the Year award is given to a senior who has both academic excellence and athletic excellence. As the winner in both her discipline and the conference, Felts received a $4,000 postgraduate scholarship, while Johnston and Lawrence received $2,000 scholarships.

2023-24 American Athletic Conference Academic Honors

Athlete-Teacher of the Year

Jackson Caldwell, Cross Country, Wichita State

Athlete-Teacher of the Year

Riley FeltsIndoor Track and Field, Charlotte

Student Athletes of the Year

Baseball – Carter Cunningham, East Carolina

Football – Lucas Dean, UTSA

Men’s Basketball – Max Fiedler, Rice

Men’s Cross Country – Jackson Caldwell, Wichita State

Men’s Golf – Jake Peacock, South Florida

Men’s Soccer – Philip Spengler, South Florida

Men’s Indoor Track and Field – Shaun Kerry, Rice

Men’s Outdoor Track and Field – Sam Welsh, Rice

Men’s Tennis – Alvin Tudorica, South Florida

Softball – Addison Barnard, Wichita State

Women’s Basketball – Dazia LawrenceCharlotte

Women’s Cross Country – Lauren JohnstonCharlotte

Women’s Golf – Melanie Green, South Florida

Women’s Indoor Athletics – Riley FeltsCharlotte

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field – Chloe Hershenow, Tulsa

Women’s Lacrosse – Belle Mastropietro, Temple

Women’s Rowing – Isabella Musollino, Tulsa

Women’s Soccer – Mya Jones, Memphis

Women’s Swimming and Diving – Imogen Meers, Rice

Women’s Tennis – Taylor Johnson, SMU

Women’s Volleyball – Kaley Cassaday, Tulsa

Men’s Wide Shot – Jack Hoagland, Swimming & Diving, SMU

Women in the big squad – Diana Tiburcio, fencing, Temple

By meerna

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