Men’s Indoor Track And Field Places Five On Academic All-MAC Team

Men’s Indoor Track And Field Places Five On Academic All-MAC Team

BUFFALO, NY – Five University at Buffalo athletes have been named to the Academic All-Mid-American Conference Men's Indoor Track and Field team as announced by the league offices on Tuesday morning.

Zach Ahart, Brian Crimmins, Evan Palmer, Austin Price and Chris Reape were named to them men's Academic All-MAC team. 

Ahart, a senior Pre-Med major with a 3.381 grade point average, set season best times in the mile (4:24.16) at the Eastern Michigan Invitational on February 2, the 3,000-meters (8:29.04) at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup on February 8 and the 5,000-meters (15:38.40) at the Denault Invitational on February 22. Ahart also earned Academic All-MAC honors in cross country last fall and indoor track last year.

Crimmins, a sophomore pharmacy major with a 3.588 grade point average, set the school record in the mile run (4:08.23) at the Division I Invite on February 15. Crimmins also had a season best time in the 3,000-meter run (8:41.66) at the Great Dane Classic on January 17.

Palmer, a senior communications major with a 3.233 grade point average, earned his first career MAC title in the weight throw as he recorded a school record throw of 68'07.25" (20.91m). Palmer also earned first team All-MAC honors for his performance at the conference tournament.

Price, a junior biomedical science major with a 3.655 grade point average, set the school record mark of 49'11.75" (15.23m) in the triple jump at the Upstate Challenge on January 25. He also set a career-best mark in the long jump at the MAC Championships on March 1 with a leap of 23'03.25" (7.09m). Price also collected Academic All-MAC honors last season for the Bulls.

Reape, a junior business administration major with a 3.266 grade point average, also picked up All-MAC first team recognition at the league championships meet as he collected his first league title in the high jump, clearing a school record height of 7'00.50" (2.15m).

"Our approach has been to emphasize the importance of the academic success as well as the athletic success," said head coach Vicki Mitchell. "With majors from Pre-med to Pharmacy, this group has epitomized the true student-athlete with their accomplishments."

The UB men finished fourth among the five MAC men's programs at the 2013 league championship meet in Kent, Ohio in late February. The Bulls had the third most athletes (five) placed on the Academic All-MAC team behind Eastern Michigan (eight) and Kent State (six).

A total of 61 athletes (28 men and 33 women) were named to the Academic All-MAC teams.

To be nominated, 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. Outstanding academic and athletic accomplishments from the current season only are considered. The Academic All-MAC team is voted on by the league's faculty athletic representatives.