CLEVELAND - Four members of Miami University’s women’s cross country team were named to the 2013 Academic All-Mid-American Conference team, being recognized for their outstanding performances both in the classroom and on the cross country course. Senior Erica Howes and juniors Jess Hoover, Alex Chitwood and Anna Lamb received this honor, the league office announced Wednesday morning.
The Red and White’s four recipients mark the most honorees for Miami in school history, tying the amount of recipients from 2008 and 1994. The 29-woman team includes represents from 11 of the 12 MAC schools, with Toledo and Ohio tied with five recipients, followed by Miami’s four.
This is the second Academic All-MAC honor in cross country for Howes and Hoover, who both were tabbed to the Academic All-MAC team last season. This is Howes' sixth time being named to an Academic All-MAC team after earning Academic All-MAC honors for both indoor and outdoor track for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. This is the first Academic All-MAC honor for both Chitwood and Lamb after collecting honorable mention Academic All-MAC last year.
Howes (Fairfax, Va.) carries a 3.97 grade-point average while majoring in nutrition. She competed in four races this season, rounding out the RedHawks’ scoring five at the Miami Invitational and the All-Ohio Championship.
Hoover (Hilliard, Ohio) had a strong season both on and off the cross country course, leading the RedHawks in all six meets and boasting a 3.83 grade-point average. The finance major had an explosive start to the year, winning the Miami Invitational in 17:13.6 and earning MAC Runner of the Week for her impressive performance. She led Miami at the Mel Brodt Collegiate Opener, taking third overall in 17:11.91, then paced the RedHawks a week later at the Wake Forest Invitational in 21:19.60. Her eighth-place finish in 17:31.05 at the Greater Louisville Classic earned Hoover her second MAC Runner of the Week honor of her career, and two weeks later she ran a personal-best 21:00.32 at Pre-Nationals to take 48th overall. Hoover then led the RedHawks to victory at the MAC Championship, helping her team beat out defending champion Toledo for the title by three points.
Chitwood (Carmel, Ind.), who boasts a 3.92 grade-point average with a major in diplomacy and global studies, ran in all six of the team’s meets, scoring in one of them. She finished eighth for the RedHawks at the Miami Invitational in a season-best 18:07.0, and later finished as the RedHawks’ third scorer at the All-Ohio Championship in 23:04.98.
Lamb (Granville, Ohio) also competed in all six races this season and carries a 3.92 grade-point average with a major in kinesiology. She scored in five of the six meets, beginning with the Miami Invitational where she finished second overall in 17:23.2. Lamb was Miami’s second scorer and seventh overall a week later at the Mel Brodt Collegiate Opener in 17:37.78. She finished second for the RedHawks at the Wake Forest Invitational in 21:41.61, then scored for Miami again at the Greater Louisville Classic, finishing third for the team in 18:02.42. Lamb then helped the RedHawks win the MAC Championship by placing third for Miami and ninth overall in 21:32.63.
A student-athlete is eligible for Academic All-MAC by participating in at least 50 percent of the team’s meets and holding a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.2. The nominees are then voted on by the league's faculty athletic representatives. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.