CLEVELAND -- The Mid-American Conference announced today its 2008 Women's Outdoor Track and Field Academic All-MAC Team. The team was voted on by the league’s Faculty Athletic Representatives from among a list of student-athletes who have excelled in athletics and academics. This year’s squad includes 23 honorees due to ties.
This year’s Academic All-MAC squad is highlighted by four repeat honorees from 2007 in Carrie Hinners (Buffalo), Mary Veith (Buffalo), Kelly McClure (Central Michigan), Kristina Bolterstein (Miami) and Meghan Ginter (Northern Illinois). Being honored for the third consecutive year was Carime Reinhart (Ohio).
MAC Champion Akron had a team high four student-athletes on this year’s team in Larisa Arcip, Jessica Miller-Hafner, Niesha Kelly and Valerie Wert. Ball State had three members in Cara Collins, Ali Bishel and Amanda Barnhart.
Joining Hinners and Veith from Buffalo was Patrice Coney, while Rebekah Hollander joined Bolterstein from Miami. Central Michigan and Ohio each added two more to the squad in Elizabeth Carpenter (Central Michigan), Amanda Rudert (Central Michigan), Emily Amendola (Ohio) and Jessie Tanner (Ohio).
Kent State received two honorees in Andrea Bryson and Anne Zakelj. Rounding out the team are Melissa Green (Eastern Michigan) and Jennifer Roberts (Western Michigan).
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.
Name, School Year GPA Major
Larisa Arcip, Akron So. 3.314 Psychology
Jessica Miller-Hafner, Akron Sr. 3.351 AYA/Integrated Language Arts
Niesha Kelly, Akron So. 3.242 Exercise Science
Valerie Wert, Akron So. 3.77 Art Education
Cara Collins, Ball State Sr. 3.88 Public Relations
Ali Bishel, Ball State So. 3.71 Landscape Architecture
Amanda Barnhart, Ball State Sr. 3.66 Elementary Education
Patrice Coney, Buffalo Sr. 3.342 Nursing
Carrie Hinners, Buffalo Sr. 3.771 Environmental Engineering
Mary Veith, Buffalo Jr. 3.695 Chemistry
Elizabeth Carpenter, CMU Jr. 3.72 Biology
Kelly McClure, CMU Jr. 3.97 Health Fitness
Amanda Rudert, CMU So. 3.88 Biology
Melissa Green, EMU Jr. 3.23 Chemistry
Andrea Bryson, KSU Sr. 3.408 Gerontology
Anne Zakelj, KSU Sr. 3.707 Visual Communication
Kristina Bolterstein, Miami Sr. 3.66 Zoology and Environmental Science
Rebekah Hollander, Miami Jr. 3.54 Finance and Spanish
Meghan Ginter, NIU Jr. 3.94 Nursing
Emily Amendola, Ohio So. 3.6078 Exercise Physiology
Carime Reinhart, Ohio Sr. 3.9813 Speech Pathology
Jessie Tanner, Ohio Jr. 3.9859 Accounting
Jennifer Roberts, WMU Jr. 3.97 Nursing