CLEVELAND — Kent State student-athletes Colin McCracken and Cameron Shedenhelm have earned the Mid-American Conference’s Medal of Excellence, as announced for the 2021-22 academic year.
The Medal of Excellence is presented annually to one male and one female student-athlete from the graduating class of each of the 12 Conference member institutions. Each school chooses a male and female student-athlete that exhibits excellence in their sport and in the classroom. A minimum 3.50 grade point average is required for eligibility.
McCracken was a two-time NCAA Wrestling Championships qualifier and 2022 MAC Championships runner-up at 184 lb. He finished his career with 80 victories, including 14 via pin. McCracken was also recognized for his performance in the classroom with two National Wrestling Coaches’ Association’s (NWCA) Scholar All-American honors and three Academic-All MAC honors. He earned his undergraduate degree in applied engineering and is pursuing a Master’s of Engineering Technology.
Shedenhelm was an All-MAC First Team selection in the fall, leading the conference in points (30) and goals (12). A two-time all-conference performer for her career, she ranks fifth in Kent State Soccer history in goals (24), sixth in points (65) and seventh in assists (17). Shedenhelm earned United Soccer Coaches (USC) NCAA Division I Women’s Scholar All-America Second Team honors in 2021 and was a three-time Academic All-MAC recipient. She earned her undergraduate degree in business administration and is pursuing a MBA.
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