CLEVELAND - Miami University redshirt senior David Eichenberger and redshirt junior Matt Marol were both named to the 2012 Academic All-Mid-American Conference Men's Cross Country Team for their work in the classroom and on the course, as the league office announced the entire Academic All-MAC Team Monday.
The two RedHawks selected to the eight-man squad tied for second-most of any school behind only Eastern Michigan's three selections. Only four teams in all had even one player tabbed to the squad.
Eichenberger has now received the honor all four times he was eligible in his career, the most in Miami history and in MAC history. Marol is also a repeat honoree, garnering the Academic All-MAC nod for the second time.
Eichenberger (Plainfield, Ind.), who boasts a team-best 3.95 grade-point average while double majoring in history and exercise science, ran in all six meets in the fall, despite recovering from an off-season injury. He finished 27th overall at the MAC Championship in 25:42.0 and placed 76th at the 10K Great Lakes Regional in 32:48, helping Miami finish sixth out of 30 teams. He scored fifth for Miami and was 39th overall at the All-Ohio Championships in an 8K season-best 25:33.72. Eichenberger took 77th at the Commodore Classic, competing against several nationally ranked teams and seven SEC schools, as Miami took second at the meet.
Marol (Evanston, Ill.) is a management and leadership major with a 3.77 GPA, while he also minors in entrepreneurship. He ran in all six races for Miami, finishing as the team's sixth finisher in the first four meets and seventh on the team in the final two races (MACs and Regionals). He crossed in 30th at the MAC Championship in 25:46.9, as Miami tied for third, while placing 112th at the Great Lakes Regional in 33:25, helping Miami finish sixth out of 30 teams. Marol ran an 8K season-best 25:32.9 at Pre-Nationals and claimed 32nd at the Commodore Classic (25:34.21).
Redshirt sophomore Daniel Garleb (Pickerington, Ohio), who earned Academic All-MAC last year, received honorable mention Academic All-MAC this year for having a GPA above 3.2.
To be eligible for Academic All-MAC, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's meets. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award. The nominees are then voted on by the league's faculty athletic representatives.