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Stow graduate receives prestigious award

Published: August 7, 2016 12:00 AM
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Baldwin Wallace University 13-time All-American Melanie Winters, a Stow-Munroe Falls graduate, recently was named by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as the Division III Indoor Scholar Female Athlete of the Year.

It marks Winters' and the school's first-ever Division III Indoor Scholar Female Athlete of the Year accolade.

Scholar Athletes of the Year were selected as the highest finishing performers at the NCAA Division III Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field National Championship events and who achieved All-Academic status.

Those who won multiple individual championship titles ranked higher in the tie-breaking process.

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Cumulative grade point average is weighed as the final tiebreaker.

Winters, who was a first-team College Sports Information Directors of America Division III Track & Field Academic All-American, carried a 3.479 GPA in creative writing and was a USTFCCCA All-Academic selection.

She helped guide Baldwin Wallace to the indoor championship by winning the national title in the long jump and placing fourth in the high jump.

Winters and the Yellow Jackets missed winning the outdoor title by one point as she won national titles in the 100-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash.

Winters ended her illustrious career as a 12-time Ohio Athletic Conference indoor champion, 12-time OAC outdoor champion and the holder of 13 Baldwin Wallace indoor and outdoor records.

She also owns eight OAC Championship records and was a four-time OAC Most Valuable Performer and three-time USTFCCCA Division III Great Lakes Regional Indoor Field Athlete of the Year.

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