Jan. 15, 2014
CLEVELAND - Northern Illinois University redshirt freshman Leah Raffety (Machesney Park, Ill./Harlem) was named to the 2013 Academic All Mid-American Conference Women's Cross Country Team, the league office announced Wednesday.
Raffety earned the honor in her first season of eligibility. Her recognition also marks the fourth consecutive season in which at least one Huskie was named to the conference list.
"This is a great honor for Leah," said NIU head coach Greg Hipp. "She has shown discipline and kept the priorities of a successful student-athlete. I'm sure this is just one of many athletic and academic awards we'll see for her over her career as a Huskie."
Raffety ran at six meets in 2013 and won the NIU Open individual title with a time of 19:29.85. She posted a season-best 5K time of 18:39.72 at the Illinois State Invitational and placed 45th at the MAC Championships with a time of 23:02.42. On a 6K course, she notched a season-low time of 22:20.00 at the Bradley Classic.
The Academic All-MAC honor is for student-athletes who have excelled in both 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 races. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.
2013 Academic All-MAC Women's Cross Country Team
Jillian Roth, Akron
Courtney Edon, Ball State
Caitlynn Edon, Ball State
Mackenzie McMillin, Bowling Green
Maria Meredith, Bowling Green
Rebecca Rae, Bowling Green
Breanne Lesnar, Central Michigan
Krista Parks, Central Michigan
Kelly Schbert, Central Michigan
Kayla Pfund, Eastern Michigan
Amy Frauhammer, Eastern Michigan
Victoria Voronko, Eastern Michigan
Paige Foster, Kent State
Alex Chitwood, Miami
Jess Hoover, Miami
Erica Howes, Miami
Anna Lamb, Miami
Leah Raffety, Northern Illinois
Juli Accurso, Ohio
Maureen Dean, Ohio
Caroline Hildebrand, Ohio
Melissa Thompson, Ohio
Tessa Weigand, Ohio
Mackenzie Chojnacky, Toledo
Brooke Tullis, Toledo
Liz Weiler, Toledo
Megan Gaysunas, Toledo
Megan Wright, Toledo
Aisha Hodge, Western Michigan