Female Scholar Athlete of the Week: Jan. 31 - Feb. 6
Miami Rachel Patterson (track and field)
Rachel Patterson (R-Jr., 3.77, exercise science) ran to a runner-up finish in the 5000m run Friday at the Meyo Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame, as she clocked in at a season-best 16:43.49, just three seconds off her school-record time that she set last year. It is the second-best 5K time in school history and is the top time in the MAC in the event this year. Her mark is also the 16th-best time in the country so far this season. Patterson was competing in a field of 53 runners, which included athletes from Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Illinois, Louisville, Alabama, and Notre Dame to name a few while also running against girls from MAC foes Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Bowling Green, Kent State and Ball State.
The MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week honor is presented to 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.