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Accurso, Hildebrand, Thompson Named Academic All-MAC

Accurso and Thompson earned Indoor Academic All-MAC honors for the third-straight campaign.

April 22, 2014

ATHENS, Ohio - Three members of the Ohio University women's track & field team were named to the Academic All-MAC team Tuesday for their efforts on the track and in the classroom during the 2014 indoor season.

Seniors Juli Accurso (Casstown, Ohio) and Melissa Thompson (Westerville, Ohio) and sophomore Caroline Hildebrand (Hilliard, Ohio) represented the Bobcats on the annual league academic roster. Accurso and Thompson received Academic All-MAC honors for the third-straight season.

In addition, juniors Chanda Cuckler (Athens, Ohio) and Delaney Bolger (Lebanon, Ohio) and sophomore Kayla Scott (Canal Winchester, Ohio) garnered Academic All-MAC Honorable Mention accolades. Cuckler and Scott were named honorable mention for the second-straight campaign.

To earn a spot on the Academic All-MAC Team, student-athletes must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of her team's contests.

For more information about Ohio's academic award winners, please see below:


Juli Accurso | Senior | 3.897 GPA | French, Linguistics
Part of DMR team that finished third at the MAC Indoor Championships in a time of 11:32.04...Won the 3,000m run at the YSU Icebreaker in a time of 9:27.92...Missed the middle of the indoor season due to injury.

Caroline Hildebrand | Sophomore | 3.320 GPA | Electrical Engineering
Earned two top-6 finishes at MAC Indoors...Placed fifth in the 3,000m run in a personal-best time of 9:49.72 and also finished sixth in the 5,000m run at MAC Indoors in a career-best time of 17:02.54...Finished second in the 3,000m run at the Ohio State Tune-Up (9:57.48) and was second in the 5,000m run at the Tom Wright Classic.

Melissa Thompson | Senior | 3.888 GPA | Journalism, Women's and Gender Studies
Finished third in the one mile run at the MAC Indoor Championships with a time of 4:53.23...Also was a part of the Ohio DMR Team that placed third at MAC Indoors in a time of 11:32.04...Qualified for the MAC Indoors with a strong time of 4:53.87 in the mile at the SPIRE Division I Track & Field Invitational...Won the one mile run at the Tom Wright Classic.


Delaney Bolger | Junior | 3.693 | Geographic Information Science, Spanish
Part of the Ohio DMR Team that finished third in the DMR at the MAC Indoor Championships (11:32.04)...Also was part of the Ohio quartet that finished 11th in the 4x400 meter relay...Finished fifth in the 600m at the Ohio State Tune-Up...Won the 800m title at the YSU Penguin Icebreaker.

Chanda Cuckler | Junior | 3.661 | Nursing
Finished seventh in the pentathlon at MAC Indoor Championships...Placed in the top-5 of four of the five MAC pentathlon events...Broke the Ohio school record in the pentathlon while finishing third with a score of 3,782 at the SPIRE Division I Track & Field Invitational on Feb. 14...The previous Ohio record mark of 3,614 was set in 1993...Captured the long jump title with a career-best mark of 5.70m at the YSU Invite on Feb. 7...Won the high jump title at the Tom Wright Classic with a mark of 1.70m.

Kayla Scott | Sophomore | 3.450 GPA | Integrated Language Arts, Coaching Education
Finished 11th in the 3000m run and 14th in the 5000m run at the MAC Indoor Championships...Placed third in the 3000m run at the Buckeye Tuneup...Also finished sixth at the YSU National Invitational in the 3000m.

The Bobcats return to action on Saturday (April 26) at the RedHawk Invitational in Oxford, Ohio.