Northern Illinois track and field thrower Cora Caulfield was named to the 2010 Academic All-Mid American Conference Women’s Track and Field team for her performances both academically and athletically, as announced by the league office.
“Cora is one of the defining seniors on the NIU track and field team,” head NIU track and field coach Connie Teaberry said. “She continuously works extremely hard on the track and in the classroom. She has carried our throws for the last four years and it is befitting that she receives this academic award.”
Excelling in both the classroom and on the track, Caulfield achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average during the spring semester, while finishing among the top-10 athletes in the discus throw in nearly every meet in which she competed. Majoring in elementary education, the Huskie holds a 3.616 cumulative GPA.
Caulfield’s best performance of the outdoor season was the discus throw at the MAC Outdoor Championships. She threw for an NIU school record 156-02, a mark that placed her fifth at MAC Championships, and set a personal record for the Huskie.
Caulfield also finished first at the Huskie Open with a throw of 145-06, third at the UNLV Track Classic with a mark of 147-10, and sixth at the Texas Relays with a finish of 148-05.
“Cora strives to be the best at both academics and athletics,” said Teaberry. “We are extremely proud of Cora and her accomplishments. She has one more year with us, and I am sure her success will only continue.”
Academic All-MAC award recipients are selected by faculty athletic representatives from each MAC institution. Recipients are chosen based on both their athletic and academic performances. Student-athletes selected must hold a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of competitions during the past season.