A total of nine Canisius cross country runners, five females and four males, were named to the 2010 MAAC All-Academic Team, the conference office announced Friday evening at the annual awards banquet following the 2010 MAAC Cross Country Championships.
Seniors Maura Frauenhofer and Megan Niblock were named to the MAAC's top academic unit, where they were joined by juniors Julie DahlkemperJill Shea, along with sophomore Melanie Grzebinski. Frauenhofer is a three-time MAAC All-Academic honoree, while Dahlkemper and Shea were also honored in 2009. This is the first MAAC All-Academic nomination for Grzebinksi. and
Juniors Jonathan McDonald and Mark Kearney along with sophomores Aaron Hoven and Alex Simon were honored for their work in the classroom by the league. For McDonald and Kearny, it marks the second-straight year they have been highlighted as MAAC All-Academic honorees, while this marks the first academic acknowledgments for Hoven and Simon.
To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must complete two semesters at their institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale.
The Canisius women's cross country team placed second at Friday's MAAC Cross County Championships in Madison, Conn., while the men's team posted a seventh-place finish. Both the men's and women's cross country teams will return to action Nov. 13 when the teams take part in the NCAA Division I Cross Country Northeast Regionals at Hammonasset State Park. The women's race will start at noon, followed by the men's event at 1:15 p.m.