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Cooper and Hunault named Academic All-MAC

June 21, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Two members of the Western Michigan University women's track and field team have earned Academic All-Mid-American Conference honors for the fourth time.

Irene Cooper, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Ashley Hunault, of Alpena, Mich., have been named to the 2010 Women's Outdoor Track and Field Academic All-MAC Team.

Cooper is a senior majoring in early childhood education and has a 3.46 grade point average. She was WMU's top thrower of the season in the hammer throw and shot put. During the MAC Championships, she finished fourth in the shot put with a distance of 49 feet, 10 1/2 inches. It was a personal best for her and the second-best performance in school history. She also took third in the hammer throw to earn a total of 11 points, helping the Broncos to a third-place finish. Cooper went on to compete in both the hammer and shot put at the NCAA East Preliminaries.

Hunault is a junior majoring in psychology and has a 3.70 GPA. She won MAC titles in the long jump and 4x400 meter relay. During her outdoor season, she broke the school record in the long jump twice on her way to competing at the 2010 Outdoor NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.

Academic all-conference honors are given to students who excel in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First-year students, including freshmen and junior-college transfers in their first year of residence, are not eligible for the award.

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Media contact: Adam Bodnar, (269) 387-4125, adam.e.bodnar@wmich.edu

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