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MAC picks NIU discus thrower Cora Caulfield for Female Scholar Athlete of the Week honors

April 1, 2011
Cora Caulfield

Cora Caulfield

Senior Cora Caulfield of the Northern Illinois women’s track and field team was named Mid-American Conference Female Scholar Athlete of the Week this week.

Caulfield, a native of Fox Lake, Ill., was one of 10 event winners for the Huskies at the Viking Olympics at Augustana College on Saturday, March 26.

Facing cold and windy conditions, Caulfield took the discus crown with a school-record throw of 162-11, over 30 feet better than a second-place competitor. Caulfield’s mark bettered her own school-record of 159-8, set in the opening outdoor meet of the season, the Point Loma Invitational, two weeks ago.

“This is a great accomplishment for Cora,” said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. “We are very proud to see her recognized because she works so hard both athletically and academically. Cora is very deserving of this accolade.”

An elementary education major with a 4.0 grade point average, Caulfield missed the indoor season due to back surgery before returning to her record-breaking form during the outdoor season.

Caulfield is the fourth NIU student-athlete to earn scholar-athlete of the week honors this year. NIU quarterback Chandler Harnish and volleyball players Allison McGlaughlin and Kristin Hoffman earned MAC Scholar-Athlete of the Week earlier this season.

Caulfield and the Huskie women’s track and field team will return to action next weekend when they compete April 8 and April 9 at the Tom Botts Invitational at the University of Missouri.

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