CLEVELAND – Three members of the Miami University men’s track and field team have been recognized for their efforts both in academics and athletics as seniors Matt Marol and Jack Spilman, along with junior Rob Stein have been named to the Academic All-Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track & Field Team, the league announced Thursday. Six other RedHawks collected Honorable Mention Academic All-MAC.
Miami’s three selections to the Academic All-MAC Team are the second-most of any MAC team, behind only Akron’s four on the 12-man squad. Buffalo and Kent State each placed two student-athletes on the team while Eastern Michigan had one representative.
Marol and Stein are both repeat selections to the Academic All-MAC Team, two of just three student-athletes total to be named to both this year’s and last year’s squads. Marol has now garnered four Academic All-MAC honors in his career, also garnering the accolade twice for cross country, including this past season. This is the first Academic All-MAC honor for Spilman.
Marol (Evanston, Ill.) carries a 3.79 grade-point average while majoring in management and leadership and minoring in entrepreneurship. At the MAC Championships this year, he placed eighth in the 10,000m run in 31:27.21. He posted a personal-best 10K time of 31:18.75 to place 12th at Tennessee’s Sea Ray Relays. Marol clocked a personal-best 3000m time of 8:33.15 to place sixth at the Vanderbilt Black & Gold Invitational. He took fourth in the 5000m run at Cincinnati’s Nikoloff Invitational in a season-best 14:52.98, early in the season, as well.
Spilman (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology while finishing with a 3.39 GPA. A Second-Team All-MAC recipient this season, he scored eight points for Miami by earning runner-up in the 800m at the MAC Championships in a personal-best time of 1:50.35, which ranks him fifth in school history. He qualified second for the 800m MAC final in the prelims, as well. Spilman won the 800m at the RedHawk Invitational (1:51.78) while earning second in the 800m at the Black & Gold Invitational (1:51.02) and the Miami Invitational (1:52.32).
Stein (Villa Park, Ill.) boasts a 3.53 GPA while majoring in leadership and management. For the third straight year, he qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in the discus, finishing 32nd out of 48 with a toss of 49.64m/162-10. He recorded a personal-best discus throw of 55.79m/183-0 to place fifth at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Classic, as his throw ranks him third in school history. Stein had a personal-best hammer throw of 56.47m/185-3 at Indiana’s Billy Hayes Invitational to place sixth with his throw ranking 10th in school history. He won the discus, shot put and hammer throw on the same day at the RedHawk Invitational and won the discus at two other meets as well during the year. Stein placed fourth in the shot put at the MAC Championships with a throw of 16.20m/53-1.75 while finishing 12th in the discus (42.05m/137-11).
The six RedHawks who were named Honorable Mention Academic All-MAC include redshirt senior Steve Kiplagat, senior Sam Wildeman and juniors Robert Balzano, Wade Coffin, Daniel Garleb and Calen Settles. Each of the six was eligible for Academic All-MAC, garnering 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.