Track & Field
    Four Student-Athletes Named Inaugural FAR Award Recipients

    Zara Lukens

    Sept. 30, 2011

    Former USC tracksters Cara Bickers, John Carley, Zara Lukens and Allison Rojewski were named as inaugural recipients of Division 1A Faculty Athletics Representatives Academic Excellence Awards.

    The award, presented to 432 student-athletes from all Football Subdivision schools, was established by the the 1A Faculty Athletics Representatives to recognize student-athlete academic achievement.

    Recipients must have graduated in the past academic year with at least a 3.80 cumulative grade-point average and have participated in at least two years of intercollegiate athletics at an FBS institution in a sport sponsored by an FBS conference.

    Bickers, Carley and Lukens were named USC Renaissance Scholars in 2011, an academic honor that is awarded to select undergraduate students who graduate with a major and a minor (or two majors) in widely separated fields of study. Bickers and Lukens were awarded $10,000 each for finishing in the top 10 of the 329 USC Renaissance Scholars.

    Bickers was named to the 2010-11 CoSIDA Academic All-District first team and was a 2011 Pac-12 All-Academic first team member. She was a biological sciences major and a classics minor at USC. She competed in the long and triple jump, posting career bests of 18-7 in the long jump and 37-8 in the triple jump. She is also an accomplished dancer and choreographer who performed with the USC Chamber Ballet Company.

    Carley, a history major, was named to the 2011 Pac-10 All-Academic first team as a junior and senior. He ran the fourth-fastest 5000m race in USC's history of 14:23.60 this past season at the Ben Brown Invitational.

    Lukens was an international relations and neuroscience major and a Spanish minor at USC. She was named to the 2010-11 CoSIDA Academic All-District second team, and the 2011 Pac-10 All-Academic first team and was a USC Discovery Scholar for excelling in the classroom and displaying the ability to create exceptional new scholarship. She was captain on the USC cross country team last fall and ran the 10,000m race in track and field. As a senior she established a new personal best in the 10K with a time of 37:11.02, which ranks sixth all-time by a Trojan female.



    Rojewski was a biological and biomedical sciences major at USC. She was named to the 2011 Pac-10 All-Academic first team. Rojewski had a personal-best time of 2:13.44 in the 800m as a senior, which was the third-fastest on the 2011 USC track team. She also competed for four seasons on the USC cross country team.