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Accurso, Thompson Garner All-MAC Accolades

Accurso (left) and Thompson (right) have combined for nine All-MAC accolades in their careers.

May 13, 2013

ATHENS, Ohio – Junior distance runners Juli Accurso (Casstown, Ohio) and Melissa Thompson (Westerville, Ohio) earned All-MAC honors Monday after putting together a pair of impressive performances at this past weekend’s MAC Outdoor Championships in Akron, Ohio.

Accurso was named to the All-MAC First Team, while Thompson garnered second team honors. It’s the fifth All-MAC honor for Accurso in her career, while Thompson earns her fourth All-MAC award.

Accurso shined in the 5,000m Sunday in Akron, capturing the race title in 16:36.65. It marked Accurso’s second victory in the event during the 2013 outdoor season. The junior also earned a point for Ohio in the 1,500m after finishing eighth in 4:32.16.

Thompson shattered the Ohio school record in the 1,500m Sunday, finishing second in the race after crossing the finish line in a blistering 4:26.04. The personal-best time eclipsed the previous program record by nearly three seconds.

In addition to her record 1,500m finish, Thompson also placed 13th in the 5,000m run in a time of 17:40.29.