CLEVELAND – Five members of the Miami University women’s track and field team were recognized for their achievements both in the classroom and on the track or field Thursday, as the Academic All-Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track & Field Team was announced by the MAC office. A total of 10 other RedHawks garnered Honorable Mention Academic All-MAC.
The five ‘Hawks to garner Academic All-MAC are seniors Samantha Gable and Katie Scannell, junior Erica Howes and sophomores Anna Lamb and Charlotte Myers. Miami’s five recipients are the second-most of any MAC team, behind only Kent State’s nine, on the 36-woman squad. Bowling Green and Ohio tied for third with four honorees each.
Howes is the lone repeat selection from last year’s Academic All-MAC Outdoor Team, as she has now collected Academic All-MAC honors five times in her career. In addition to her two Outdoor Academic All-MAC nods, she was named Academic All-MAC for the indoor season both this year and last year (2012) and for the cross country season this past fall, giving her three Academic All-MAC accolades this season alone. Gable, who redshirted the 2012 season, was an Outdoor Academic All-MAC recipient in 2011 and, like Howes, earned the honor for indoor season this year, giving her three Academic All-MAC accolades in her career. Lamb was also Indoor Academic All-MAC this year, while Scannell was Indoor Academic All-MAC in 2012 after missing this year’s indoor season with an injury, as they both now have two Academic All-MAC honors. This is the first Academic All-MAC recognition for Myers.
Gable (Greenfield, Ind.) graduated in May with a degree in early childhood education while compiling a 3.72 grade-point average. She earned a perfect 4.0 GPA during her last semester and also minored in family relationships. At the MAC Championships, she placed 10th in the hammer throw (52.49m/172-2), 11th in the discus (43.14m/141-6) and 16th in the shot put (13.26m/43-6). During the year, Gable posted a personal-best discus throw of 45.47m/149-2 at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Classic to place eighth with her mark ranking her seventh in school history. She also had a season-best hammer throw of 53.56m/175-8 to earn runner-up at Indiana’s Billy Hayes Invitational and a season-best shot put of 14.18m/46-6.25 to place fourth at Cincinnati’s Nikoloff Invitational.
Howes (Fairfax, Va.) boasts a team-best 3.97 GPA while majoring in nutrition. She placed fourth in the 3000m steeplechase at the MAC Championships in 10:41.92. Earlier in the year, she won the 3K steeplechase at the All-Ohio Championships, clocking a personal-best time of 10:40.85, which ranks her third in school history. Howes also won the 3K steeplechase on her home track at the Miami Invitational (10:54.82) and took first in the 1500m run at the UCF Black and Gold meet in 4:37.96. She posted a personal-best 1500m time of 4:35.03 to earn runner-up at Nikoloff Invitational.
Lamb (Granville, Ohio) is a kinesiology major who carries a 3.91 GPA, after earning a perfect 4.0 GPA this past spring semester. A two-time MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week this season, she ran in seven races during the year and won five of them. Lamb captured the 10,000m title at the MAC Championships in 35:06.56 to receive First-Team All-MAC honors, while two days later at the meet she crossed in second in the 5000m run in a personal-best 16:37.27, which ranks her fourth in school history. She was an NCAA East Preliminary Rounds qualifier, placing 24th out of 48 in the 10K last Thursday. Lamb won the 10,000m run at the famed Drake Relays in April in a school-record time of 34:35.39, topping the old mark from 1985 by 13 seconds. She also won the 10K at the Miami Invitational in 35:05.76, as she clocked four of the six fastest 10K times in school history this season.
Myers (Bexley, Ohio), also a First-Team All-MAC selection, sports a 3.65 GPA while also majoring in kinesiology. At the MAC Championships, she qualified for the 400m dash final by placing fifth in prelims (54.99), then finished fifth in the final in a personal-best 54.84, which ranks her eighth in school history. She also helped the RedHawks sweep the relays, as she anchored Miami’s winning 4x100m relay team at the MAC Championships that clocked a school-record time of 45.29, breaking a record from 2004. Myers then ran on Miami’s winning 4x400m relay team, running the third leg to help Miami set another school record of 3:39.51. Myers ran on Miami’s 4x400m relay team that took first at four other meets during the year as well, while she won the 400m dash at the RedHawk Invitational (55.99).
Scannell (Cortland, Ohio), like Gable, graduated in May with a degree in sport studies and kinesiology and health. She finished with a 3.68 GPA after registering a perfect 4.0 GPA in her final semester. Another First-Team All-MAC recipient, Scannell placed sixth in the prelims of the 400m dash at the MAC Championships in a personal-best time of 55.16, which ranks her ninth in school history, while she finished seventh in the 400m dash final in 55.54. Along with Myers, she also ran on Miami’s winning 4x400m relay team at the MAC Championships, running the leadoff leg to help Miami set the school record of 3:39.51. Along with Myers, Scannell ran in four other 4x400m relays that Miami took first in this year, including at Tennessee’s Sea Ray Relays and Vanderbilt’s Black & Gold Invitational.
Among the RedHawks who received Honorable Mention Academic All-MAC are seniors Monica Fischer and Ashley Zaper, juniors Xerina Hughey and Kori Tatman, redshirt sophomore Melissa Girgis and sophomores Alex Chitwood, Elisa Frazier, Amanda Hancock, Jess Hoover and Taylor Wickware. All 10 were eligible for the award, which earned them Honorable Mention.
To be nominated 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. Outstanding academic and athletic accomplishments for only the current season are considered.