Eleven Bulls Named MAC Distinguished Scholar Athletes


CLEVELAND, OH - The Mid-American Conference announced today the Distinguished Scholar Athletes from the eight winter sports during this 2017-18 academic season as 152 students were voted by faculty athletic representatives at MAC institutions representing the 'best of the best' from each sports Academic All-MAC Teams. Eleven University at Buffalo student-athletes from five different teams were named Distinguished Scholar Athletes.

Men's Indoor Track & Field
Chimaobi Ezeilo, Buffalo, Sophomore, 3.60 GPA, Computer Science
John McCarthy, Buffalo, Senior, 3.99 GPA, Biological Sciences
Dan Muldoon, Buffalo, Junior, 3.79 GPA, Exercise Science

Women's Indoor Track & Field
Selina Von Jackowski, Buffalo, Junior, 3.74 GPA, Management

Women's Swimming & Diving
*^Megan Burns, Buffalo, Senior, 3.527 GPA, Nursing
Eve Kosten, Buffalo, Senior, 3.648 GPA, Management
*Hannah Miller, Buffalo, Senior, 3.665 GPA, Management

Bryan Lantry, Buffalo, Junior, 3.21 GPA, Management

Women's Basketball
*^Katherine Ups, Buffalo, Senior, 3.923 GPA, Biomedical Sciences
Cierra Dillard, Buffalo, Junior, 3.368 GPA, Communications
Cassie Oursler, Buffalo, Senior, 3.335 GPA, Education Studies

* 2016-17 Distinguished Scholar Athlete
^ 2015-16 Distinguished Scholar Athlete

The Distinguished Scholar Athlete is an award in its fourth year given to students who have excelled in athletics and academics.  Following each season from the winter sports schedule, any student with a 3.20 GPA and participation in at least 50 percent of the contests was automatically named to the previously announced Academic All-MAC Team from each sport.  Also, first-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence were not eligible for the award.

From the Academic All-MAC Teams, the faculty athletic representatives selected the 'best of the best' of our Academic All-MAC Teams to be honored with Distinguished Scholar Athlete Award for the 2017-18 season.  The number of Distinguished Scholar Athletes from each sport were equivalent to the number of first-team selections or 20% of nominees, whichever was greater.

Later this spring, the MAC will announce the Distinguished Scholar Athletes from the remaining eight spring sports sponsored by the conference.