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Ohio Places Program Record Four on Academic All-MAC Team

Juli Accurso was one of four Bobcats to earn Academic All-MAC honors today.

April 17, 2012

ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Track and Field earned four spots on the 2012 Women’s Indoor Track and Field Academic All-Mid-American Conference Team. Juli Accurso, Emily Pifer, Melissa Thompson and Brittany Tyree make up the quartet that represents the largest group of honorees in program history.

Tyree (University Height, Ohio), a two-time honoree was one of 10 female finalists for the 2011 Arthur Ashe Jr. Overall Sports Scholar Award, and currently owns a 3.91 GPA in Communication Studies. This indoor season, she finished among the top 20 in the MAC in the 800 meter and 15 of her 25 finishes were among the top 10 at their respective meets. Tyree earned individual wins in four different events (pentathlon, shot put, 800, 400 DMR).

Accurso (Casstown, Ohio), was named a Second Team All-American by the United States Track, Field and Cross Country Coaches of America, and currently owns a 3.84 GPA in French. She became the first Bobcat to ever qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships where she nearly broke the facility record set in 2003. Accurso set a course record at the Alex Wilson Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind., with the fastest time ever by a collegiate student-athlete that attended a NCAA institution in the state of Ohio. She also set the conference record in the 3k and finished second in the mile at the MAC Championships, less than a second off the mark of the MAC record.

Thompson (Westerville, Ohio) currently owns a 3.875 GPA in Journalism and finished fifth in the MAC in the mile, sixth in the 1000 meters and 13th in the 3000 meters. The All-MAC First Team selection was part of Ohio’s record-setting DMR team at the MAC Championships and 10 of her 12 finishes during the indoor season were among the top 10 at their respective meets. Thompson won the 1000m at the Ohio State Tuneup and 3000m at the Youngstown State Invitational while helping Ohio’s DMR team win on three separate occasions.

Pifer (Canal Winchester, Ohio) currently owns a 3.94 GPA in Journalism. She finished sixth among MAC runners in the 5000 meters and eighth in the 3000 meters. Five of her seven finishes during the indoor season were among the top eight at their respective meets. Pifer won the 5k at the Ohio State Invitational and for her performance, earned MAC Track and Field Athlete of the Week back in January.

Five more Bobcats, Kristen Mason, Kiley Mathews, Hope McCarty, Lauren McCullough and Brianna Shaw all received honorable mention from the league.

To be considered for selection, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.

For a full list of the 2012 Women's Indoor Track and Field Academic All-MAC Team, please see below:

2012 Women’s Indoor Track and Field Academic All-MAC Team:
Ariane Beaumont-Courteau, Akron
Valerie Fraizer (Wert), Akron
MaryKate Mellen, Ball State
Abby Koch, Bowling Green
Emma Denton, Buffalo
Becky O’Brien, Buffalo
Holly Anderson, Central Michigan
Veronica Garcia, Central Michigan
Meghan Powers, Eastern Michigan
Kate Wolanin, Eastern Michigan
Paige Foster, Kent State
Kim Preston, Kent State
Melinda Sawnor, Kent State
Kayla Schoenle, Kent State
Rachael Clay, Miami
Monica Fischer, Miami
Erica Howes, Miami
Katie Scannell, Miami
Kori Tatman, Miami
Ashley Zaper, Miami
Jenelle McCalla, Northern Illinois
Jenner Sio, Northern Illinois
Juli Accurso, Ohio
Emily Pifer, Ohio
Melissa Thompson, Ohio
Brittany Tyree, Ohio
Julie Snyder, Toledo
Megan Vogelson, Toledo
Chiara Allen, Western Michigan
Andrea Arnold, Western Michigan
Iris Campbell, Western Michigan
Cara Cremeans, Western Michigan
Aisha Hodge, Western Michigan
Rachel Whitley, Western Michigan