Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Ribant Earns Academic All-MAC Honors
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan track and field senior distance runner Maddie Ribant has been named Academic All-MAC for the second time in her career, the conference office announced on Thursday.

The Academic All-MAC honor recognizes a student-athlete for excellence in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and have participated in 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport.

Ribant, who possesses a 3.82 grade point average in physical education, capped off her CMU career with a solid outdoor senior season in 2013. Central Michigan’s record holder in the 3000m steeplechase, she placed sixth in the event at the famed Penn Relays in late April with a time of 10:34.61. Ribant also earned a bid to the NCAA Preliminaries for the second time in her career. She bested her previous NCAA time by more than 14 seconds in the steeplechase, posting a time of 10:39.40 to finish 42nd overall.

A total of 29 Chippewas from the women’s track and field team have earned 39 Academic All-MAC honors in program history. Ribant is the 10th athlete to garner multiple Academic All-MAC awards.

Four other Chippewas received honorable mention Academic All-MAC recognition. From the women’s team, sophomore hurdler Bridget Doughty (3.61 GPA in language arts) and junior distance runner Krista Parks (3.34 GPA in psychology) were honored while sophomore distance specialists Anderson Lee (3.50 GPA in biology/biomedical sciences) and Ethan Lievense (3.42 GPA in health fitness) were acknowledged from the men’s squad.