Female Scholar Athlete of the Week: November 22-28
Miami Rachel Patterson (cross country)
Rachel Patterson (Sr., 3.75, exercise science) ran in the NCAA Cross Country Championship last Monday where she placed 46th in a time of 20:56.7. She finished in the top 20 percent of the field (253 runners) while coming just three seconds and six places short of earning All-America honors. Patterson was just the eighth different female RedHawk to run in the NCAA Championship and the first since 2007. Her 46th-place finish was the best by a RedHawk at the NCAA meet since Andrea Kremer took 25th in 2001 as Patterson was the fourth runner to finish among runners from the Great Lakes Region. The senior was the lone MAC individual qualifier in the race while Toledo qualified as a team.
A MAC male and female student-athlete who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and performs well during the week's competition. The winners are selected by a group of the conference's faculty athletic representatives.