Five Miami Athletic Teams Honored by NCAA with Public Recognition Award

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April 30, 2007

INDIANAPOLIS - Proving it is possible to be successful in and out of the classroom, five Miami University intercollegiate athletic teams have been honored by the NCAA for their latest Academic Progress Rate scores. The NCAA recognized teams whose multi-year APR scores ranked in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports, and the Miami men's cross country, men's golf, women's field hockey, women's tennis and women's soccer teams were each honored for their outstanding academic achievement.

A total of 893 teams representing 217 Division I colleges and universities were honored by the NCAA in the latest public recognition awards. The teams honored by the NCAA posted APR scores ranging from 975 to a perfect 1,000. The public recognition awards are a part of the broad Division I reform effort.

The cross country squad was one of two Miami men's teams honored by the NCAA, and it has been of the RedHawks most successful programs. Under the leadership of 13th-year head coach Warren Mandrell, Miami has placed among the top four at the conference meet for 11 straight seasons. Miami also was regionally ranked for the entire 2006 season and finished with the highest cumulative team GPA (3.275) of any team in the Mid-American Conference.

Sixth-year head coach John Wiler and the RedHawks' golf team was one of 51 men's golf teams honored nationally for their academic performance. Coming off a fourth-place finish at last season's MAC Championships, Miami has posted four top-10 team finishes during the 2006-07 season, including a second-place showing at the at the 14-team Wolf Run Invitational (April 16). Additionally, Ben Wood captured medalist honors at the First Energy Intercollegiate, becoming the first Miami golfer to do so since 2004.

Coming off back-to-back 10-win seasons under third-year head coach Jill Reeve, the field hockey team was one of three Miami women's teams recognized for their academic achievement. In just the past three seasons, the RedHawks have posted 27 wins and advanced to the MAC Tournament Championship in 2005, the program's first appearance in the conference tournament title game.

On the hardcourt, the RedHawks' tennis team was one of 64 women's tennis teams honored nationally. Led by interim head coach Ricky Rosas, Miami advanced to the 2007 MAC Tournament as the No. 5 seed and finished the season with a10-13 record and a 4-4 conference mark. Over the past four seasons, Miami has posted double-digit win totals, including 17 wins during the 2004-05 season under Ray Reppert.

The Miami women's soccer team was the final RedHawk squad honored for their academic achievement, and under 11th-year head coach Bobby Kramig, Miami reached the MAC Semifinals for the second straight season. The team also boasted MAC Player of the Year and Academic All-America honoree Kathleen Vistica, who led the conference in points during the regular season. The RedHawks also placed three athletes on the academic all-MAC squad.