NEW ORLEANS - For the first time since 2009, the Miami University women's track and field team placed five RedHawks on the USTFCCCA 2012 Division I Women's All-Academic Track & Field Team, the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association announced Wednesday. Graduated seniors Rachael Clay, Sarah Kinnaman and Kelley Miller and rising juniors Kori Tatman and Ashley Zaper were all recognized for their work in the classroom and in the athletic arena with each garnering the honor for the first time.
Miami's five recipients on the All-Academic Team tie for the second-most in school history (2009) behind only the six RedHawks who earned the award in 2003. Clay, Tatman and Zaper also garnered Academic All-MAC honors for the 2012 indoor season while Clay, Miller and Zaper earned Academic All-MAC during the past outdoor campaign. The five RedHawks honored ties for the third-most among Mid-American Conference schools, as Kent State placed nine on the All-Academic Team followed by Western Michigan with six and Akron also had five. A total of 34 MAC student-athletes were among the 676 named to the All-Academic Team.
Clay (Rossford, Ohio) graduated in May with a degree in exercise science while boasting a 3.58 grade-point average. She qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in the 400m dash and finished 34th in her final race. She took fifth in the 400m dash at the MAC Outdoor Championships while posting the second-best time in school history. She finished fourth in the 400m dash at the MAC Indoor Championships and set the school record in the process.
Kinnaman (Carmel, Ind.) also graduated in May with a degree in exercise science while carrying a 3.32 GPA. She finished fourth in the pole vault at the MAC Indoor Championships with a height that ranks her third in school history and tied her for 95th nationally. Outdoors, she placed ninth in the pole vault at the MAC Championships and moved into fourth in school history.
Miller (Dublin, Ohio) earned her master's degree in speech pathology and audiology this past May while compiling a 3.39 GPA. She won the 1500m run at the MAC Outdoor Championships, receiving First-Team All-MAC honors, and broke her own school record in the event earlier in the season. Miller also qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in the 1500m run and placed 24th, narrowly missing advancing to the next round.
Tatman (Amanda, Ohio) claims a 3.85 GPA while majoring in nursing. She finished fourth in the pole vault at the Outdoor MAC Championships while moving into third in school history. Indoors, she placed 11th at the MAC Championships in the pole vault but now ranks second in school history after a personal-best vault earlier in the season. Her vault of 3.89m/12-9 also ranked her 85th nationally indoors.
Zaper (Whitehouse, Ohio) is a kinesiology major with a nutrition minor who has compiled a 3.53 GPA. She was the runner-up in the heptathlon at the MAC Outdoor Championships, earning her Second-Team All-MAC honors, while her score ranks her second in school history and placed her 64th nationally. Indoors, she finished sixth in the pentathlon at the MAC Championships with her score ranking her seventh in school history and 91st nationally.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 or better and either finished the indoor season ranked in the top 96 nationally in an individual event or participated in the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships (including preliminary rounds).