CLEVELAND, Ohio – A trio of Miami men’s track and field competitors garnered Academic All-Mid-American Conference honors for the outdoor season, the league office announced on July 8.
Seniors Rob Stein (Villa Park, Ill./Timothy Christian) and Wade Coffin (Willoughby, Ohio/South) along with sophomore Joe Stewart (Naperville, Ill./Metea Valley) all earned their spot on the postseason academic squad.
Stein had another strong outdoor season for the RedHawks, breaking the outdoor school record in the shot put when he launched a throw of 59-2 at the Miami Invitational. After scoring in both the shot put (sixth) and hammer throw (fifth) and the MAC Outdoor Championships, Stein qualified for the NCAA East Region Preliminary for the fourth-straight season. He placed 33rd in the shot put after throwing 56-9 1/4. During his competitive career, Stein recorded a 3.49 GPA as a marketing major.
Coffin is also a marketing major who posted a 3.57 GPA as a RedHawk. The senior notched a third-place finish in the 800m at the MAC Outdoor Championships, crossing the finish line in a career-best 1:50.33. He also won the 800m on two occasions during the outdoor campaign, pacing the field at the Oliver Nickoloff Invitational and the Miami Invitational.
Stewart also put up points at the MAC Outdoor Championships thanks to a seventh-place finish in the 5000m, a race he ran four times during the outdoor season. His best finish came at the Wake Forest Open, when he finished in a career-best 14:37.53 to win the event. He maintains a 3.89 GPA as a business major.
In addition to those three, the RedHawks had three more competitors receive honorable mention for their academic and athletic prowess in senior Robert Balzano and sophomores Adam Bodrick and Zack McBride.
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.