Women's Track and Field Places Five Athletes on All-MAC Academic Team
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March 6, 2006

CLEVELAND - Following its eighth-place finish at the Mid-American Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, the Miami University women's track and field team placed five athletes on the all-MAC academic team as the conference office announced the 24-member team. Three sophomores and two seniors were selected to the team, and Miami's five representatives were the most of any school in the conference.

Sophomores Kristina Bolterstein (Middleburg Heights, Ohio) and Sarah Landau (Geneva, Ill.), Miami's two MAC Champions and first-team all-conference honorees, headlined the all-academic selections. They were joined on the team by senior Taryn Nye (St. Johnsbury, Vt.), a NCAA provisional qualifier in the pentathlon, senior Lindsey Arundel (Rocky River, Ohio) and sophomore Sarah Henize (Bucyrus, Ohio).

As one of Miami's top jumpers, Bolterstein (3.35 GPA; environmental science) notched four high jump wins this season, including her first-place finish at the MAC Indoor Championships. At the conference meet, Bolterstein set a new Miami indoor record with a height of 5-10 and provisionally qualified for the national meet. Bolterstein also posted first-place high jump finishes at the Bowling Green Invitational, Eastern Illinois Invitational and All-Ohio Championships.

Landau (3.44 GPA; communications) was the MAC's top pole vaulter this season, owning the conference's top vault of 13-5. A NCAA provisional qualifier and two-time MAC Field Athlete of the Week (Feb. 7 and 14), Landau reset pole vault school record four times this season, moving it from 12-11 3/4 to 13-5. She set the Miami pole vault record at four consecutive meets, including the Kentucky Invitational (12-11 3/4), Cedarville Open (13-0), All-Ohio Championships (13-3 3/4) and Ball State Triangular (13-5). Landau posted six wins in the pole vault, including at the conference meet, and ended the season with the 18th-best vault nationally.

A NCAA provisional qualifier in the pentathlon, Nye's top performance came in her first-place finish at the Findlay Invitational pentathlon. At Findlay, Nye (3.80 GPA; architecture) scored 3.730 points, which ranks as the second-best pentathlon score in Miami history. The MAC Track Athlete of the Week on Jan. 9, Nye also tallied three other individual wins, taking the high jump at the Findlay Open, the 600 meters at the Eastern Illinois Invite and 800 meters at the All-Ohio Championships.

Arundel (3.86 GPA; integrated mathematics) was one of Miami's top throwers this season, tallying two wins in the shot put at the Eastern Illinois Invitational and Cedarville Open. She also owns the top Miami distance (45-8) in the shot put, set at the All-Ohio Championships. Arundel helped Miami post wins in each of its first four team-scored meets: the Bowling Green Invitational, Eastern Illinois Invitational, Cedarville Open and All-Ohio Championships.

As one of the MAC's top distance runners this season, Henize (3.67 GPA; zoology) posted individual victories at three different distances: the 800 meters at the Cedarville Open, the mile run at the Eastern Illinois Invitational and the 1,600 meters at the Bowling Green Invitational. Henize also owns the top Miami time this season in the mile run (4:55.00) and second-best time in the 800 meters (2:19.99).

The all-MAC academic team is voted on by the faculty athletic representatives at the conference schools, and the honor is designated for student-athletes who excel in both athletics and academics. To qualify for the award, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's contests. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible.