BUFFALO, NY – The Mid-American Conference announced today the Distinguished Scholar Athletes from the eight spring sports during the 2015-16 academic season and listed amongst the group were four University at Buffalo student-athletes. This list was voted on by the faculty athletic representatives and represents the "best of the best" from each sports' Academic All-MAC Teams.
Barrett Kemp, a junior biomedical sciences major from track and field, was UB's leading distance runner over the outdoor season, running a season-best in the 5,000 meters on April 9 at the Lou Onesty Invite in 14:41.24 and running a season-best in the 10,000 meters on April 28 at the Penn Relays in 29:55.52. Kemp also ran the 800 meters and the 1,500 meters during the course of the outdoor season.
Christine Lyttle, a junior political science major from track and field, was UB's leading participant in the 100 meter hurdles where she turned in a season-best time of 13.86 on March 18 at the Wake Forest Open. Lyttle also competed in the 200 meter dash and ran in the 4x100 meter relay during the UB Invite.
Tanja Stojanovska, a sophomore exercise science major from women's tennis, was named first-team All-MAC and to the All-Tournament Team at the MAC Tournament after posting a 24-9 singles record this year, including going 14-7 at first singles. Stojanovska, who was named both MAC Singles Player of the Week and part of the MAC Doubles Team of the Week, went 22-6 in doubles play, including nine wins at first doubles.
Alec Tuohy, a junior computer science major from baseball, sparkled on the mound for the Bulls throughout his first season as a starting pitcher as he closed out the year with a 7-4 record, second most wins in a season in program history. The righty held a 2.98 ERA over a team-high 93.2 innings of work while striking out 69 batters, ninth most in a season in program history. He also held opposing batters to a .236 batting average against for the season. Following the year, Tuohy was named to the All-MAC First Team.
The Distinguished Scholar Athlete is a third-year award given to students who have excelled in athletics and academics. Following each season from the spring 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, junior college and graduate school 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 2015-16 season. The number of Distinguished Scholar Athletes from each sport were equivalent to the number of first-team selections or 33% of nominees, whichever was greater.