Johnson C. Smith University sophomore Leford Green was named 2008-09 CIAA Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Green, a sprinter, will be presented with the award at the Durham Marriott during the CIAA Spring Meeting on May 19.

Green is 2008 NCAA defending indoor 400m national champion and led the way for JCSU men’s track. He opened the 2009 indoor season by winning the 500m and setting a new Clemson University facility record of 1:03.52 seconds. This season in indoor and outdoor track and field, Green has competed in the 60m, 200m, 400m, 500m and anchor on the 4x100m and 4x400m.

The St. Catherine, Jamaica, native earned his second All-American honors for his indoor performance. Green set a personal best in the 200m and ran the fastest collegiate time in the nation at 20.41 seconds. He has produced automatic qualifying times for the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 200m and 400m.

At the CIAA Outdoor Championships, Green was named MVP after placing first in the 200m, 400H and second in the 400m.

In addition to his track performance, Green is also a 4.0 GPA student majoring in information systems engineering. He also was given the Pettis Norman Award at the JCSU Annual Athletic Banquet as Student-Athlete of the Year.

Green is now preparing for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship, which will be held May 21-23 in San Angelo, Texas.

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