CLEVELAND, Ohio – A league-high tying five members of the Miami University women’s track and field program landed on the Academic All-Mid-American Conference Team, the league office announced on July 8.
Senior Erica Howes (Fairfax, Va./Woodson), juniors Jess Hoover (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson), Anna Lamb (Granville, Ohio/Granville) and Charlotte Myers (Bexley, Ohio/Bexley) along with sophomore Laura Bess (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) all received recognition for their work on and off the track. Three of those competitors qualified for the NCAA East Region Preliminary meet.
Bess made her first trip to the NCAA East Region Preliminary in the 1500m. The sophomore placed 27th at the competition when she ran a career-best 4:23.28. Prior to that, Bess recorded a third-place finish in the 1500m at the MAC Outdoor Championships. She carries a 3.57 GPA as a bioengineering major.
Myers won the 800m at the MAC Outdoor Championships and qualified for her first preliminary meet. She handled herself well on the heightened stage, running a career-best 2:05.84 to advance to the field of 24 at the meet. That time put her second on the RedHawks’ all-time top-10 list. Myers is a kinesiology major with a 3.50 GPA.
Lamb also qualified for the preliminary meet for the second-straight season, placing 23rd in the 10,000m with a time of 35:18.23. The junior scored in both the 10,000m (second) and 5000m (sixth) at the MAC Outdoor Championships and clocked a season-best 10,000m time of 34:50.02 at the Mt. SAC Relays. She holds a 3.93 GPA as a kinesiology major.
Howes concluded her track career with a season-best time of 10:42.06 in the 3000m steeplechase at the MAC Outdoor Championships, which was good for fifth place. She also won the event at the RedHawk Invitational. Howes finishes her career with a 3.95 GPA as a dietetics major.
Hoover is a business major with a 3.78 GPA. She set career bests in both the 3000m and 5000m during her junior outdoor campaign. Her career-best in the 5000m came at the MAC Outdoor Championships, where she finished fifth with a time of 16:56.94.
The five Academic All-MAC selections for the RedHawks ties Kent State and Toledo for the MAC lead. In addition to Miami’s five picks, Melissa Girgis received honorable mention.
The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.