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Stief, Cekada, Wills named Academic All-OAC

Trio honored for overall excellence

May 20, 2011

Shown, from left, are Academic All-OAC honorees Kelsey Stief, Annie Cekada and Mackenzie Wills.

Shown, from left, are Academic All-OAC honorees Kelsey Stief, Annie Cekada and Mackenzie Wills.

2011 AT-LARGE ACADEMIC ALL-OAC TEAM

AUSTINTOWN — Wilmington College senior Kelsey Stief and sophomores Annie Cekada and Mackenzie Wills have been named to the Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference Cross Country/Track and Field Team.

Stief was an Academic All-OAC honoree while Cekada and Wills were honorable mention picks.

The academic award winners are selected by OAC faculty representatives. To be eligible for Academic All-OAC, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average, be a starter or key reserve and be in at least her second year of participation in the sport.

Stief (Upper Sandusky) recently graduated with a 3.52 GPA as a business/marketing major. She was an All-OAC performer on both the track and the cross country course.

“Kelsey has done it on both sides of the coin,” Wilmington head coach Ron Combs said. “She has built a pretty impressive resume’, both athletically and academically.”

Cekada (Mineral Point, Pa./Central Cambria) is an agricultural production major with a 3.91 GPA. She is an All-OAC cross country and track performer and holds a host of team records.

“Annie is just a rock. She is so focused on both sides of her career,” Combs said. “She has always been a national caliber cross country runner, but she also is coming off her best track season ever.”

Wills (Troy/Troy Christian) carries a 4.0 GPA as a sport administration major. She is the 2011 OAC indoor and outdoor pole vault champion and is a two-time NCAA national meet qualifier.

“Mackenzie came to Wilmington with a lot of expectations, but she has done a great job in both the classroom and on the field of competition,” Combs said. “She has battled some injuries, but she has never lost focus of the things that are most important.”