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Four Ohio Runners Named Academic All-MAC

Dec. 2, 2008

CLEVELAND - The Mid-American Conference announced its 2008 Men's and Women's Cross Country Academic All-MAC teams Tuesday, as voted by faculty athletic representatives at MAC institutions. Ohio's Annie Beecham and Kari Summers were named to the women's team, while Chris Davis and Shamus Eaton were named to the men's team.

Juniors Beecham (Granville, Ohio) and Summers (Troy, Ohio) had tremendous seasons for the Bobcats, as they rewrote Ohio's record books. Beecham, a journalism major, claimed the MAC individual championship in MAC-record time, while Summers finished as the MAC runner-up. The nutrition with science major also owns the school record for the 6k, set at Pre-Nationals. Both runners qualified for the NCAA National Championship, the first time an Ohio women's runner has done so since 1998.

On the men's side, Eaton (Uniontown, Ohio), a senior journalism major, had a career year in his final season. He ran his best time in the MAC Championship and finished eighth, earning him second-team All-MAC honors. He finished 21st at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional and narrowly missed qualifying for Nationals.

Davis (Reedsville, Ohio), a redshirt sophomore majoring in industrial systems engineering, also ran a season-best time at the MAC Championship and placed 33rd. He finished in the top 50 at the All-Ohio Championships and finished in Ohio's top five three times.

Miami led both the men's and women's teams with three selections on the men's side and four on the women's. A total of 11 student-athletes were named to the men's team, while 18 student-athletes were named to the women's team. The number of honorees on the Academic All-MAC Teams is the number that is set for the specific sport or 33% of the number of nominees, whichever is greater. The remaining student-athletes have been recognized as Academic Honorable Mention selections.

Earning Academic Honorable Mention for Ohio are Drew Fattlar, Brock Schwarz, Chad Toussant, Melissa Hornor, Abigail Swift and Celia Struble.

The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 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.

2008 MAC Men's Cross Country Academic All-MAC Team
Ryan Bloom, Buffalo, Sophomore, 3.311 GPA, Mathematics
Sean Anthony, Central Michigan, Senior, 3.90, Mechanical Engineering
Sammy Kiprotich, Central Michigan, Sophomore, 3.20, Undeclared
David Brent, Eastern Michigan, Senior, 3.20, Mathematics
Tony Jordanek, Kent State, Senior, 3.45, Accounting
Paul Krebs, Miami, Junior, 3.95, Zoology
Kevin Silver, Miami, Junior, 3.78, Accountancy/Finance
Pat Sovacool, Miami, Senior, 3.59, Zoology
Shamus Eaton, Ohio, Senior, 3.82, Journalism
Chris Davis, Ohio, R-Sophomore, 3.86, Industrial Systems Engineering

Chris Wall, Toledo, Sophomore, 3.891, Double Degree - Exercise Science/Athletic Training

2008 MAC Women's Cross Country Academic All-MAC Team
Larisa Arcip, Akron, Junior, 3.31 GPA, Psychology
Kim Lorentz, Akron, Sophomore, 3.93, Biology
Cassie Schenck, Akron, Sophomore, 3.61, Business
Sarah Kehe, Ball State, Junior, 3.893, Exercise Science
Kara Butler, Bowling Green, Senior, 3.69, Biology
Kylie Korsnack, Bowling Green, Senior, 3.91, Adolescent /Young Adult/Secondary Education
Jamie Roflow, Bowling Green, Graduate, 3.67, Masters in Accountancy
Mary Veith, Buffalo, Senior, 3.736, Chemistry
Michelle Diverio, Central Michigan, Senior, 3.66, Science
Amanda Rudert, Central Michigan, Senior, 3.88, Biomedical Science
Katie Lenahan, Miami, Sophomore, 3.47, Chemistry
Kelsey McHugh, Miami, Sophomore, 3.88, Zoology
Amanda Mirochna, Miami, Junior, 3.41, Social Studies Education
Rachel Patterson, Miami, Sophomore, 3.77, Exercise Science
Annie Beecham, Ohio, Junior, 3.84, Journalism
Kari Summers, Ohio, Junior, 3.475, Nutrition with Science

Dagna Sztykiel, Toledo, 3.80, Accounting
Jennifer Roberts, Western Michigan, 3.53, Nursing