Eight Marietta College track and field and tennis athletes were named Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference.
The winners are selected by the OAC faculty athletic representatives. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.25 GPA, be a starter or key reserve and be in at least their second year of participation in the sport.
Caitlin Cornell (South Park, Pa./South Park), a senior psychology major on the women’s tennis team was able to carry a 3.60 GPA in her final semester. Cornell has been a top three singles player for the Pioneers since entering the program in 2009. She will continue to study at Marietta as she plans to get her Masters degree in psychology.
Marietta’s Track and Field program has All-OAC Academic representation from seven different athletes. Junior Caleb Ellis (St. Albans, W.Va./St. Albans), a history and political science double major, held a 3.92 GPA while having the best season of his career. Ellis finished second in the conference in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 32.15.
Corryn Muench (Cold Spring, Ky./Newport Central Catholic), a senior graphic design and advertising/public relations double major ended the season as the conference champion in the 400-meter hurdles and a silver medal in the 4x100m relay. Muench finished her career with a 3.42 grade point average.
Kristeva Rowe (Toledo/Sylvania Southview), a junior biology major, also had a successful season in the classroom and on the track. Rowe, who was able to carry a 3.71 GPA, was a seventh place finisher in the long and triple jump, a sixth place finisher in the 200-meter, a fifth place finisher in the 4x400m relay, and a second place finisher in the 4x100m relay. Rowe’s efforts helped gain her team 19 of the team’s 98 points at the OAC championship.
After taking a year off to focus on academics, junior Cody Strahler(Waterford/Waterford) returned to the track. Strahler, chemistry major, maintained a 3.92 GPA. Impressively, he was able to consistently cut under 2:00 in the 800-meter, and if not for a late season injury, would have had a successful conference championship.
Ashley Bault (Atwater/Waterloo), one of the most successful track & field athletes the program has ever had, was also able to excel in the classroom. Bault, an education major with a 3.63 GPA, has been a major contributor to the team since joining the Pioneers for the 2009 season. In the conference meet, Bault’s third place finish in the long jump, and her second place finish in the high and triple jump warranted her team 22 points. Bault’s season will come to a close this weekend as she travels to the NCAA Championships in California, where she will compete in the heptathlon, in which see is ranked third nationally.
Reba Leonard (Brookville/Brookville) has been the Pioneer women’s best long distance runner for the past two years. She owns the school record in both the indoor 5000-meter run and outdoor 10,000-meter races. In her final season of track and field the health science major maintained a 3.63 GPA. The senior will stay in Marietta one last year as she has one season of eligibility left in cross country.
Junior distance runner Caleb Muller (Columbus/Bexley) rounds out the Academic All-OAC honors. Muller, a management information systems major with a 3.78 GPA, has been the most successful male distance runner in school history. He has the school record in the indoor mile, 3000-meter run, and 5000-meter run. He owns the outdoor records in the 4x800m relay, 5000m run, and the 10,000m run. Muller will also be traveling to Claremont, California to compete in the NCAA Championship in the 10,000m.