Mary Bull and Jenner Sio of the Northern Illinois women’s track and field team both were named to the Mid-American Conference Academic All-MAC Indoor team, announced by the league office.
Seven other Huskies also received academic honorable mention recognition.
“This is a huge achievement for our program to be recognized on the academic level as well as the athletic level,” said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. “It shows the hard work and dedication level these athletes have put forth, both on and off the track. We are extremely proud of these ladies, Jenner and Mary, along with our seven honorable mention recipients, will continue to represent Northern Illinois at the highest level, both academically and athletically.”
Bull, a junior from Peoria, Ill., holds a 3.929 grade point average in nursing. Bull recorded five top-10 finishes in the shot put during the indoor season, including a personal-best toss of 40-9.50 to take sixth at the Eastern Illinois Early Bird Invitational.
Bull also recorded a personal-best in the weight throw at the Illinois State Invitational, throwing 42-4.0 to finish seventh.
Sio, a junior from Rockford, Ill., has a 4.0 grade point average majoring in management. Sio won the long jump competition at the Eastern Illinois Early Bird Invitational and also won the triple jump at the Illinois State Invitational.
Sio recorded a new school-record in the triple jump at the MAC Indoor Championships, recording a jump of 38-9.50 to finish fifth. This is the second-straight season in which Sio has garnered Academic All-MAC honors.
In addition to Sio and Bull, seven Huskies received Academic All-MAC Honorable Mention recognition.
Jenelle McCalla, Courtney Oldenburg, Katie Janssen, Breanna Brevitt, Jackie Sciacero, Samantha McConeghey and Heather Childs were all recognized by the conference office for their performance in the classroom.
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.
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