CLEVELAND, Ohio (EMUEagles.com)
– The No. 27 Eastern Michigan University women’s cross country team placed eight student-athletes on the Academic All-Mid-American Conference team, the league announced Tuesday, Nov. 21. A total of 83 student-athletes were named to the team. The Eagles’ eight selections were tied for third-most in the conference.
The Academic All-MAC honor is to recognize student-athletes who excel in both athletics and in academics. To qualify, student-athletes must have at least 3.2 cumulative grade point average and have played in at least 50 percent of the contests in the particular sport.
Receiving the honor for the Green and White were: senior Jordann McDermitt (Davison, Mich.-Davison), redshirt senior Anna Aldrich (Fremont, Ind.-Fremont), junior Sydney Meyers (Zionsville, Ind.-Zionsville), redshirt senior Alsu Bogdanova (Kazan, Russia-Lyceum #83), redshirt junior Natalie Cizmas (Clinton Twp., Mich.-Chippewa Valley), seniors Jenna Wyns (Londerzeel, Belgium-Sportschool KA2) and Lauren Pottschmidt (Granger, Ind.-Penn), and redshirt junior Allie Knoll (Warren, Mich.-Warren Mott).
McDermitt, an exercise science major who holds an impressive 3.97 GPA, capped off her incredible career as an Eagle with team-best finishes in all but one of the seven meets she participated in this year. Highlighted by a fourth-place finish at the MAC Championship which earned her First Team All-MAC honors and assisted the team to its third consecutive conference title, the Davison, Mich. native continued her postseason success with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. Her fifth-place garnered all-region honors, and helped propel the Eagles into their third ever at-large bid to the NCAA Championship. Additionally, McDermitt ran to a top-15 finish in the star-studded Notre Dame Invite, as well as a top-30 finish in the tough field of runners at the Nuttycombe Invitational, which earned her MAC Runner of the Week honors. The senior captain also placed second in both the Commodore Classic and George Dales Invite. This marks the third Academic All-MAC honors McDermitt has garnered over her career.
A nursing major, Aldrich maintains a 3.93 GPA. The Fremont, Ind. native participated in six meets for the Eagles during the 2017 campaign. Aldrich marked a career-best 6K time of 21:36.3 as the fifth EMU runner to cross the finish line in the MAC Championship, playing a key role in the Eagles capturing the conference title. The redshirt senior also competed in the tough Notre Dame and Nuttycombe Invitationals, and finished with the team’s third-best time at the George Dales Invite, placing fifth. This year’s honors are the third Academic All-MAC of Aldrich’s career.
A marketing major with a 3.88 GPA, Meyers finished as one of EMU’s top-five runners in all but one meet she participated in. The junior was the fourth Eastern harrier to finish in the MAC Championship, placing 11th to garner Second Team All-MAC honors and help the squad win its third straight conference title. She followed up her impressive conference performance with a 34th-place finish at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, serving as the third Eagle to cross the finish line. Additionally, Meyers competed in the three toughest regular season meets the team participated in this season: the Nuttycombe Invite, Notre Dame Invite, and the Commodore Classic. This serves as the second time Meyers has been named to the Academic All-MAC squad.
A student-athlete in an individualized studies program, Bogdanova boasts a 3.85 GPA during her time at EMU. The redshirt senior has also had great success in athletic competition, as she finished either first or second on the team in every meet she competed in this season. Bogdanova was a vital piece in the team winning its third conference title, leading the Eagles with a second-place performance, finishing in 20:50.2 to claim runner-up to the MAC Champion. A week later Bogdanova continued her success with an 11th-place finish at the Great Lakes Regional, earning all-region honors. The Kazan, Russia native also had impressive performances throughout the regular season, placing in the top-40 in both the Notre Dame and Nuttycombe Invitationals, as well as placing fifth in the Commodore Classic and third in the George Dales Invite. This is the second year in which Bogdanova has earned Academic All-MAC recognition.
Cizmas, an exercise science major with a 3.67 GPA, placed inside the team’s top-five finishers in every meet she competed in this season. A pivotal piece in the team’s postseason success, Cizmas placed ninth at the MAC Championships to earn Second Team All-MAC honors, before finishing fourth on the team in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. The Clinton Twp., Mich. native ran strong to 46th and 80th-place finishes in the Notre Dame and Nuttycombe Invitationals, respectively. Additionally, Cizmas put up an impressive performance at the Commodore Classic, finishing 41st, while also placing sixth in the George Dales Invite as the fourth EMU harrier to finish the event. With this year’s honors, Cizmas has now been placed on the Academic All-MAC team twice in her career.
A psychology major with a 3.59 GPA, Wyns participated in six meets for the Eagles, including both the NCAA Great Lakes Regional and the MAC Championship. Wyns also competed in the Notre Dame Invite, placing 123rd, and the Nuttycombe Invite, where she placed 147th. The Londerzeel, Belgium native also ranked 12th in the George Dales Invite, helping the team take the meet title. This is the second Academic All-MAC honors Wyns has received in her career.
Pottschmidt, who also serves as the Student Athlete Advisory Committee President, currently holds a 3.52 GPA while majoring in general business. Competing in four meets this season, Pottschmidt was the second Eastern runner to cross the finish line in the EMU Fall Classic, placing 20th in the event. She also competed in the tough Nuttycombe Invite, notching 84th out of the strong pool of runners, while placing 13th in the George Dales Invite with a time of 22.56. Pottschmidt has now earned three cross country Academic All-MAC honors in her career.
A redshirt junior with a 3.25 GPA in health administration, Knoll participated in seven meets for the Eagles, including the National Championship, Great Lakes Regional, and the MAC Championship race. The Warren, Mich. native was a part of the core group of Eastern runners, as she also participated in the Notre Dame and Nuttycombe Invites, placing 78th and 150th, respectively, with her time of 17:46.1 in the Notre Dame race serving as a career-best 5K performance, and her 21:42.8 in the Nuttycombe serving as a career-best 6K time. Knoll also participated in the tough Commodore Classic, finishing 54th in the event. Additionally, the redshirt junior ran to a ninth-place finish at the George Dales Invite, serving as the sixth EMU runner to cross the finish line.
EMU concluded its season at the NCAA Championship, Nov. 18, as the only team representatives from the MAC, placing 27th with a team score of 603 points. Its performance in the national title race was just three weeks removed from the MAC Championship, which saw the Eagles take home their third straight conference title, finishing with 45 points to tie the program’s second-best conference championship score in history.
2017 MAC Women’s Cross Country Academic All-MAC Team
Alyssa Thomas, Akron, Sophomore, 3.20, Nutrition
Mackenzie Andrews, Akron, Sophomore (R), 3.805, Physical/Health Education
Haley Hess, Akron, Sophomore, 3.30, Exercise Science
Elizabeth Mosier, Akron, Junior (R), 3.540, Nutrition/Dietetics
Tarike Osuobeni, Akron, Junior, 3.731, Political Science
Hannah Pineault, Akron, Sophmore, 3.932, Chemical Engineering
Vanessa Rivera, Akron, Sophomore, 3.441, Education
Brooke Talhelm, Ball State, Sophomore, 4.000, Pre-Nursing
Stephanie McElhaney, Ball State, Redshirt Sophomore, 3.941, Exercise Science
Peyton Kneadler, Ball State, Sophomore, 3.844, Pre-Psychological Science
Jessica Bryzek, Ball State, Senior, 3.747, Biology
Maritza Rodriguez, Ball State, Sophomore, 3.694, Elementary Education
Meliza Rodriguez, Ball State, Sophomore, 3.513, Marketing
Kitty Taylor, Ball State, Senior, 3.354, Art
Rachel Durbin, Bowling Green, Graduate Student, 3.426, Human Movement Sport and Leisure Studies
Allison Holahan, Bowling Green, Sophomore, 4.0, Biology
Elena Lancioni, Bowling Green, Senior, 3.923, Exercise Science
Kelsie Mothersead, Bowling Green, Junior, 3.952, Exercise Science
Rachel Walny, Bowling Green, Senior, 3.990, Exercise Science
Rachel Barich, Buffalo, Junior, 3.743, Special Studies
Chardae Henry, Buffalo, Sophomore, 3.684, Psychology
Meghan LaTuso, Buffalo, Sophomore, 3.226, Communication
Charlotte Molloy, Buffalo, Senior, 3.713, Speech & Hearing Science
Carlye Stella, Buffalo, Senior, 3.756, Nursing
Taylor Aguillon, Central Michigan, Senior, 3.54, Community Health Education
Samantha Allmacher, Central Michigan, Junior, 3.97, Biology
Natalie Beaulieu, Central Michigan, Sophomore, 3.92, Undecided
Carissa Gobbi, Central Michigan, Sophomore, 3.94, Biochemistry
Megan O’Neil, Central Michigan, Junior, 3.73, Neuroscience
Erin Zdrojewski, Central Michigan, Junior, 3.74, Undecided
Jordann McDermitt, Eastern Michigan, Senior, 3.97, Exercise Science
Anna Aldrich, Eastern Michigan, Redshirt senior, 3.93, Nursing
Sydney Meyers, Eastern Michigan, Junior, 3.88, Marketing
Alsu Bogdanova, Eastern Michigan, Redshirt senior, 3.85, Individualized studies program
Natalie Cizmas, Eastern Michigan, Redshirt junior, 3.67, Exercise science
Jenna Wyns, Eastern Michigan, Senior, 3.59, Psychology
Lauren Pottschmidt, Eastern Michigan, Senior, 3.52 General business
Allie Knoll, Eastern Michigan, Redshirt junior, 3.25, Health administration
Jaimie Adams, Kent State, Redshirt Sophomore, 3.761, Exercise Science
Morgan Arena, Kent State, Junior, 3.407, Fashion Design
Morgan Bing, Kent State, Senior, 4.00, Nursing
Olivia Davis, Kent State, Redshirt Sophomore, 3.954, Chemistry
Robin Foster, Kent State, Senior, 3.777, Nursing
Emily Henry, Kent State, Junior, 3.673, Human Development/Family Studies
Morgan Manuel, Kent State, Redshirt Junior, 3.254, Fashion Design
Allison Klonne, Miami, Graduate Student, 3.86, Marketing & Analytics
Maria Scavuzzo, Miami, Senior, 3.35, Nutrition
Sarah Starrett, Miami, Senior, 3.22, Psychology and Kinesiology
Alesha Vovk, Miami, Senior, 3.58, Kinesiology
Maegan Murphy, Miami, Sophomore, 4.00, Microbiology & Pre-Med
Tayler Broermann, Miami, Junior, 3.32, Psychology
Carly Davis, Miami, Sophomore, 3.74, Sport Leadership & Management
Claire Linn, Miami, Sophomore, 3.57, Business-Undecided
Taylor Malchow, Miami, Sophomore, 4.00, Biology & Pre-Med
Regan Smith, Miami, Sophomore, 3.78, Integrated Social Studies Education
Michaela Heit, NIU, Junior, 3.333, Biological Sciences
Ericka Hibser, NIU, Junior, 4.000, Biological Sciences
Lorena Martin, NIU, Senior, 3.306, Marketing
Vivian Overbeck, NIU, Sophmore, 3.934, Economics
Alyssa Atkinson, Ohio, Junior, 4.0, Engineering with a computer engineering track
Madison Sury, Ohio, Junior, 3.984, Journalism -Strategic Communications
Emily Deering, Ohio, Junior, 3.940, Business Pre-Law
Tiffany Hill, Ohio, Sophomore, 3.828, Mechanical Engineering
Abby Miller, Ohio, Sophomore, 3.728, Health Sciences and Professions – Undecided
Ellen Isaac, Senior, 3.564, Exercise Physiology
Emily Cass, Ohio, Sophomore, 3.545, University College-Undecided
Josie Woosley, Ohio, Junior, 3.379, Long Term Health Care Administration
Julia Mendiola, Toledo, Senior, 3.938, Biology
Stephanie Barlow, Toledo, Senior, 3.754, Early Childhood Education
Stephanie Sherman, Toledo, Sophomore, 3.854, Bioengineering
Maddie Ferner, Toledo, Sophomore, 3.612, Biology
Zita Molnar, Toledo, Sophomore, 3.827, Mathematics
Olivia Chinn, Toledo, Junior, 3.858, Exercise Science
Janelle Noe, Toledo, Senior, 3.845, Exercise Science
Athena Welsh, Toledo, Sophomore, 3.455, Pre-Business
Delainey Phelps, Toledo, Senior, 3.229, Clinical Nurse Leader
Sarah Anderson, Western Michigan, Junior, 3.55, Exercise Science
Hanne Christensen, Western Michigan, Senior, 3.66, English: Creative Writing
Kayla Dominguez, Western Michigan, Senior, 3.04, Anthropology and English
Claire Gilbert, Western Michigan, Senior, 3.49, Geography
Brittney Hall, Western Michigan, Sophomore, 4.0, Pre-Occupational Therapy
Autumn Lewis, Western Michigan, Sophomore, 3.83, Criminal Justice
Haley Ritsema, Western Michigan, Sophomore, 4.0, Pre-Dietetics