Four Bulls Earn Academic All-MAC Accolades

Four Bulls Earn Academic All-MAC Accolades

BUFFALO, NY – Four University at Buffalo outdoor track and field athletes have been named to the Academic All-Mid-American Conference Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field teams, as announced by the conference office on Tuesday afternoon. Men's athletes Austin Price and Jacob Sunday were two of 22 athletes on the men's side, and women's athletes Regine Lazard and Kelly Truppo were named to their respective Academic All-MAC teams.

A biomedical science's major with a 3.598 cumulative grade point average, Price earned Academic All-MAC honors for the second consecutive season. Following another successful outdoor season, Price took home two top-10 finishes at the 2014 MAC Outdoor Championships. Price recorded a fourth place finish in the triple jump while finishing in ninth place in the long jump. Price recorded his longest triple jump effort of the season at the Florida Relays with a jump that went 49'11.00" (15.21m).

Sunday came into his own as a junior javelin athlete for the Bulls as he proved to be the best in the MAC at the Outdoor Championships, collecting his first-ever MAC crown in the process. Sunday earned First Team All-MAC honors following a career-best throw of 224'04.00" (68.37m) en route to the victory. He also is a business management major with a cumulative grade point average of 3.276.

Lazard collected her first All-Academic honors after the pharmacy major earned a 3.716 grade point average in the classroom as a senior. On the track, Lazard had her best season of her career as she posted a sixth place finish in the 400m hurdles event at the 2014 MAC Outdoor Championships with a career-best time of 1:01.10. Lazard also set career-bests in the 200m dash (26.45 seconds) and 400m dash (58.07 seconds) during her final campaign.

Truppo continued to lead the Bulls in the pole vault as a junior, recording her second straight top-5 finish in the event at the MAC Outdoor Championships. Truppo collected a fourth place finish as she cleared a height of 12'06.75" (3.83m). For the season, Truppo recorded a career-best effort at the NCAA East Region Prelims as she cleared a height of 13'03.50" (4.05m) en route to a 20th place finish, just missing out on qualifying for the NCAA Championships. She also competed in the long jump for the first time in her career this season, recorded a career-best leap of 18-01.75 (5.53m) at the Bison Open. The junior earned a 3.51 cumulative grade point average in the classroom as well.

The Bulls also had nine student-athletes earn honorable mention Academic All-MAC accolades. The men's athletes were Brian Crimmins, Zach Ahart, Brian Cummiskey, Chris Reape and Tyler Scheving while the women's athletes were Taylor Bates, Chrissy Clarkin, Jenna Van Dusen and Emma Siuciak.

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% 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.