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Oldenburg earns academic All-MAC honors

January 10, 2012
Courtney Oldenburg

Courtney Oldenburg

Northern Illinois junior Courtney Oldenburg was named to the Cross Country Academic All-Mid-American Conference Team, the league office announced Tuesday.

Oldenburg, who hails from West Salem, Wis., earned the honor for the second straight season after posting a 3.91 GPA in nursing.

“I’m proud of Courtney,” NIU cross country coach Greg Hipp said.

“She’s done a lot to work hard to be a good, balanced student-athlete and doing a lot to be a good leader for the team,” Hipp added. “We really want the well-rounded student-athlete here to accomplish our goals on the cross country course and in the classroom.”

Oldenburg finished first among Huskie runners at each of the team’s seven meets during the season. She began the season with a 12th place finish at the UIC Opener, crossing the finish line at 11:48.90, then followed that up with an 11th place showing at the NIU Open with a 19:07.81 clip on the 5K course.

Oldenburg also helped NIU place 20th at the 53-team Sean Earl Loyola Lakefront Invitational and 14th at the Bradley Classic. In her three-year career, the junior has led all Huskie runners at all but one meet.

Off the course, Oldenburg garnered Huskie Scholar-Athlete of the Week honors Oct. 17, 2011, after posting a 54th place finish 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.

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