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Whitley was named Academic All-MAC for the third time in her career.
Courtesy: Zolton Cohen

Program Record Six Named Academic All-MAC for Track & Field

Courtesy: WMU
Release: 04/17/2012
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CLEVELAND -- The Western Michigan track and field team landed a program record six student-athletes on the 2012 Indoor Track and Field Academic All-MAC team, announced by the Mid-American Conference on Tuesday afternoon.

Chiara Allen (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion HS), Andrea Arnold (Maple Heights, Ohio/Maple Heights HS), Iris Campbell (Emmett, Mich./Yale HS, Cara Cremeans (Jackson, Mich./Lumen Christi HS), Aisha Hodge (Bangor, Mich./Bangor) and Rachel Whitley (Leroy, Mich./Leroy Pine HS) all received the honors, tying the Broncos with Miami for most individuals on this year's list.

The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in half of the contests for their sport. First year students and junior college transfers are not eligible for the award. The Academic All-MAC team is voted on by the faculty athletic representatives from member MAC institutions.

Allen, a sophomore, earned the first Academic All-MAC honors of her brief career at WMU. The Lake Orion, Mich., native was named Second Team All-MAC after taking second in the triple jump at the MAC Championship. The indoor triple jump record-holder majors in political science with a 3.33 GPA.

Arnold also earned Academic All-MAC honors for the first time in her career. The sophomore sprinter helped the 4x400 meter relay team to a MAC title and was named First Team All-MAC. She also scored in the 400 meter dash to help the Broncos finish in second place. Arnold is majoring in university curriculum with a 3.35 GPA.

Making the Academic All-MAC team is nothing new to Campbell, a junior. She was honored twice last year during the indoor and outdoor seasons. Campbell was also a part of the MAC title-winning 4x400 team  but also scored in the 60m hurdles, 400m dash, long jump and was the runner up in the 200m dash. She finished the MAC Championship just one point shy of being named MAC Championship MVP. Campbell is a nursing major with a 3.67 GPA.

Cremeans also joins Allen and Arnold as first-time Academic All-MAC honorees. The junior distance runner helped the distance medley relay team to a second place finish at the MAC Championship and was named Second Team All-MAC. Cremeans has the highest GPA amongst WMU's six on the list with a 3.78 in marketing.

Hodge is the fourth of the first-timers on the list, who also helped the distance medley team to a second place finish. The sophomore middle-distance specialist also scored in the 800 meter run. Hodge holds a 3.41 GPA in psychology.

For Whitley it is also the third time in her career she has been named Academic All-MAC. The junior was honored during both the indoor and outdoor seasons last year. Whitley was also a member of the MAC title winning distance medley relay team. She also took sixth in the mile run at the Indoor MAC Championship. Whitley boasts a 3.55 GPA in special education.

The WMU track and field team is in action this weekend in Ypsilanti for the Central Collegiates.