NIU's Cora Caulfield Named Female Scholar Athlete of the Week

Updated 4/1/2011
Cora Caulfield (Sr., 4.00, elementary education) was one of 10 Huskie event winners at the Viking Olympics at Augustana College Saturday, March 26. While facing cold and windy conditions throughout the meet, Caulfield won the discus with a school-record throw of 162-11, over 30 feet better than the second-place competitor. Caulfield's mark bettered her own school-record of 159-8, set in the opening outdoor meet of the season, the Point Loma Invitational, two weeks ago.

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.

Other Female Nominees:
Akron: Cassie Schenck (track and field, Sr., 3.430, international business) was one of six winners for The University of Akron track and field team this past weekend at the prestigious LSU Tiger Relays. The senior took first place in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 18:08.04.

Bowling Green: Maddy Eccleston (tennis, So., 3.89, health science)went 3-1 as the Falcons split a pair of road matches to begin the MAC schedule last weekend ... on Friday, teamed with senior Christine Chiricosta for an 8-6 doubles win at the top flight against Buffalo ... then, downed UB's Aleksandra Petrova in straight sets at the number-two singles flight ... in Saturday's match at Akron, she and Chiricosta again picked up an 8-6 victory at the top doubles flight ... then, she extended Angelina Jogasuria, an All-MAC First-Team selection last season, to three sets before falling at the second flight ... Akron was picked to finish second in the MAC in 2011 in the preseason coaches poll, while Buffalo was tabbed to tie for fourth ... BGSU was picked to place seventh in the nine-team league ... on the year, Eccleston is now 19-8 in singles play, including a 10-4 mark in dual matches ... she has combined with Chiricosta for a 19-7 doubles mark, including an 11-3 record (2-0 MAC) in duals ... her 39 total wins this season tie her for second on the team ... the Falcons are 10-4 overall and 1-1 in the MAC.

Buffalo: Diana Popescu (tennis, Sr., 3.148, communication) went 3-1 in her four singles and doubles matches during UB's homestand against Bowling Green and Western Michigan. She needed three sets to win both of singles matches in the number one slot. She downed Christine Chiricosta, 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-4 on Friday. On Saturday, Popescu knocked off Western Michigan's Maggie Remynse, 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-2. Popescu also combined with Miranda Podlas to score an 8-3 victory over Western Michigan's top doubles team on Saturday.

Central Michigan: Danielle Dakroub (track and field, Sr., 3.34, mathematics)In the outdoor season opener, Dakroub ran a career-best 16:54.39 at the Stanford Invitational on Friday. She finished more than seven seconds faster than her previous career best. Dakroub placed sixth in her section of 40 runners at the meet.

Eastern Michigan: Stacie Skodinkski (softball, Sr., 3.34, secondary education - language, literature, and writing) reached base safely in seven of her 10 plate appearances this past weekend, hitting for an impressive .625 (5-for-8) in the Eagles three-game series with Austin Peay State University. She cranked out two home runs and a double, while knocking in five RBIs and scoring four times for the Green and White. In EMU's final game of the series, the senior was a perfect 2-for-2 at the dish, hammering out two round-trippers to mark her second multi-home run performance in her career. In three games, Skodinski posted a 1.500 slugging percentage with an incredible .700 on-base percentage. The South Bend, Ind. native also proved to be a tough out for the Lady Governors, as APSU pitchers failed to strike her out over the weekend series.
Kent State: Danielle Abernathy (softball, So., 3.64, education) won two games in three appearances last week. In 12.1 innings pitched, she carried a 1.70 ERA and struck out five batters.

Miami: Riekie Honiball (tennis, Jr., 3.79, mathematics and statistics)won all four matches she was involved in this weekend... Teamed with Jessica Parr for a pair of point-clinching victories... On Friday, the duo defeated Toledo's pair 8-5 in the second match to secure the doubles point... The next day, after the teams split the first two matches, they earned a 9-7 win over the Eastern Michigan duo to put Miami up 1-0... The duo is now 8-2 on the year, all during the spring season... In singles, she posted wins of 6-2, 6-2 and 6-3, 6-3, respectively, over the two days to run her personal winning streak to three (that follows losing six of nine)... her win on Friday was the fourth point and thus clinched the match.

Ohio: Annie Beecham (track and field, Sr., 3.77, journalism/business administration) broke the school record in the 10k at the Stanford Invitational. Beecham ran a time of 34:08.23 in the 10,000 meters and broke the school record which was set back in 1998 by Jackie Conrad (34:14.85). After breaking the records for the 3k and 5k during the indoor season, the senior started off strong in the spring by snapping the 13-year old outdoor record.

Toledo: Naama Shafir (basketball, Jr., 3.448, business) helped Toledo advance to WNIT ‘Final Four' with a pair of thrilling home victories over Alabama and Syracuse. Shafir averaged 20.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game while shooting 50.0 percent from three-point range and 85.7 percent from the charity stripe.
Shafir registered 22 points, a career-high nine rebounds and four assists in a collegiate-best 42 minutes to help Toledo overcome a 12-point halftime deficit and pull off a 71-68 overtime victory over Syracuse on Sunday The victory improved the Rockets' win-loss mark to 27-8 overall, equalling the single-season UT record for wins.
In Toledo's 74-59 win over the Crimson Tide on Tuesday, Shafir paced five UT players in double figures with a game-high 19 points and five assists, knocking down 11-of-12 shots from the charity stripe.

Western Michigan: Rachel Denny (tennis, Jr., 3.90, biomedical sciences) reigning MAC Player of the Week continued her hot streak, winning two No. 6 singles matches for the Broncos in MAC play... only Bronco to win two matches last week as WMU split with Akron (L, 6-1) and Buffalo (W, 6-1)... extended her personal win streak to five straight matches and has now won six of her last seven and seven of her last nine... defeated Akron's Natalia Kuvakina 6-2, 6-3 in the No. 6 singles match... went long against Buffalo's Miranda Podlas, winning 7-6 (8), 6-7 (0-2), 1-0 (10-8)... the Broncos are 7-3 in their past 10 matches, and will host their first home matches this weekend since Feb. 26.