Co-Female and Male Scholar Athletes of the Week: April 11-17
Bowling Green Christine Chiricosta (tennis) and Miami Rachel Patterson (track and field)
Christine Chiricosta (Sr., 4.00, adolescent/young adult/secondary education) Helped BGSU post a pair of narrow 4-3 victories last weekend ... went 2-0 at the top singles flight, losing a total of just five games in four overall sets ... teamed with sophomore Maddy Eccleston for a 1-1 doubles record at the top flight, with the lone loss coming by an 8-6 score .. that loss came in the EMU match, and she then lost the first game of her singles match ... but, Chiricosta then won 12 consecutive games for the 6-1, 6-0 win ... then, on Senior Day, BGSU's lone senior won both of her matches in the Falcons' victory over Toledo ... teamed with Eccleston for a victory at the top doubles flight ... then, picked up a 6-4, 6-0 win at the number-one singles flight ... with the wins, BGSU has topped last year's overall win total, and the Falcons have doubled the MAC win total from a year ago ... BGSU is 13-7 overall and 4-3 in the MAC, after going 2-6 in the league last season ... Chiricosta holds BGSU's career records for singles wins, doubles wins and overall victories.
Rachel Patterson (R-Jr., 3.77, exercise science) broke the school record in the 5000m run Friday night at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., clocking a time of 16:14.45, topping her previous best time by nearly 20 seconds while besting Molly Cullen's school record time of 16:15.97 that had stood since 1992. Patterson's time is by far tops in the MAC and ranks 27th nationally this year despite running the event for the first time this season. She finished fifth out of 37 runners in her 5K race and fourth among collegiate competitors while running against the top athletes in the country (the 2nd through 12th best 5K times of the year were clocked at the Mt. SAC Relays this weekend).
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.