April 11, 2013
CLEVELAND - Northern Illinois senior Jenelle McCalla (Whitby, Ontario/Father Leo J. Austin Secondary School) and junior Juliane Totzke (Graefenroda, Germany/Carl Zeiss Gymnasium) were both named to the Mid-American Conference's Indoor Track & Field Academic All-Conference team Thursday.
In addition, Jamie Burr (Onalaska, Wis./Onalaska HS), Michaela Dwyer (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey HS) and Erica Miller (Geneva, Ill./Geneva HS) were given honorable mention accolades.
"Our staff is excited to have these student-athletes honored as Indoor Academic All-MAC," said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. "They have worked diligently in the classroom and on the track to be successful in both, exhibiting discipline and time management. They are very deserving and we are proud and thankful that these ladies are Huskies."
McCalla, who has a 4.0 GPA in psychology, ran in all seven indoor meets for the Huskies. In addition to competing in the 60 hurdles, the senior ran the second leg of NIU's 4x400 relay team that had a season-best time of 3:53.97 at the MAC meet, finishing eighth. She broke her career record in the 60 hurdles with a time of 8.99 at the Ball State Quad to finish in fifth place and earned a season-high fourth place finish at the Jack Johnson Classic in the same event. McCalla also set a career-best mark in the 300 meters at the Cyclone Holiday Preview, clocking in at 42.25 to take 10th place.
Totzke also maintains a perfect 4.0 GPA as a biology major. The junior competed in five of seven meets during the indoor season and set a personal best time of 5:26.32 in the mile at the Illini Open. Totzke posted a season-best time of 17:59.61 at the GVSU Big Meet, which helped qualify her for the MAC Championships two weeks later. The German posted a season-best performance of 10:39.52 in the 3000 meters at the Jack Johnson Classic, while also placing eighth in the 5000 meters at the Indiana Relays, crossing the finish line at 18:07.70.
Burr, a sophomore with a 3.325 GPA, finished sixth in the 800 meters at the MAC Indoor Championships with a 2:14.88 clip. She set a new PR in the 800 meters prelims at the conference meet, clocking in at 2:12.86, while blasted her career record in the mile at the Ball State Quad with a time of 5:06.49, finishing fifth in the process. Burr also ran the third leg of NIU's DMR team that took eighth at the MAC indoor meet.
Dwyer, a special education major with a 3.462 GPA, finished ninth at the MAC Indoor Championships in the pentathlon, scoring a career-high 3,236 points. She earned a fifth place finish in the long jump at the Cyclone Holiday Preview with a PR leap of 16-10.50 and threw 31-01.25 in the shot put - a career best - at the Ball State Quad.
Miller, who holds a 3.826 GPA in nursing, set a career record in the 400 meters with a time of 1:00.25 at the GVSU Big Meet. She also finished a season-high fourth place in the 600 meters at the Illini Open, clocking in at 1:42.94.
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.