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Women's Outdoor Track & Field - Sun, May 7, 2017

Molly Jo Smith added another piece of hardware to her trophy case after being named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Track Athlete of the Year.

The All-American senior won the 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles and the 4x100 relay. She was also runner-up in the 400m dash and scored in the 100m and 200m dashes. In all, she tallied four All-CCAC performances. 

She wasn't alone though as fellow senior All-Americans Sarah Lampe and Nicole Woodall each picked up a trio of All-CCAC honors and joined forces in the 4x400 relay to bring home the gold. Lampe anchoed the 4x100 relay to victory and picked up a bronze medal in the 400m dash, while Woodall led off the silver-medal winning 4x800 relay and took bronze in the 800m run. 

Joining Woodall and Lampe on the meet's final event, the 4x400, were Ashley Plumb and Charlette Flanders. Plumb also ran on the runner-up 4x800 relay with Abby Hammer and Bridget Sulek. Hammer also took bronze in the 400m hurdles.

On the winning 4x100 relay Anne Nolting and Mary Perez joined Smith and Lampe on the top step of the podium.

Two other athletes, Katharine Newhoff and Chloe Gunn, also found their way on to the podium. For the second year in a row, Gunn took home bronze and an all-conference spot, while newcomer and All-American Katharine Newhoff raced to a runner-up finish in the 5000m Race Walk.

In the field, All-American Brandi Hosford took silver in the triple jump, while Chelsea Munday capped her career with a silver-medal performance in the pole vault.

"We are going to be losing a tremendous group of seniors," SAU head coach Dan Tomlin said. "And it's not just because of how talented they are. Yes every single one of them found a way to contribute this weekend, but more than that they're phenomenal leaders and good people. 

"They set a good example of how to be committed, dedicated students. They have brought our program to a different level and I will be forever grateful to them for that."

The Bees will look to put an exclamation mark on their season when they head to Gulf Shores later in the month for NAIA Outdoor Nationals.

As part of the CCAC Championships, the conference announced its all-academic team. Nineteen Bees - Shelby Carlson, Taelor Cooper, Charlette Flanders, Chloe Gunn, Mara Guse, Abby Hammer, Brandi Hosford, Keeley Knobloch, Sarah Lampe, Chelsea Munday, Katie Nelson, Anne Nolting, Mary Perez, Ashley Plumb, Ashlyn Rulis, Molly Jo Smith, Karlie Wade, Nicole Woodall and Maddy Youngers - were recognized for their work in the classroom.