MAC Announces Women's Outdoor Track and Field Academic All-MAC Team

Updated 6/10/2008

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