MAC Announces Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 5/9/2012
Women’s Track Athlete of the Week
Iris Campbell, Western Michigan
Junior, Emmett, Mich./Yale HS

Campbell took first in both the 100 meter hurdles and 400 meter hurdles in WMU's 121-66 win over Ball State at the Jack Shaw Classic. She paced the crowd in the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.46 despite running into a strong wind and followed it up with a win in the 400 hurdles with a time of 59.80 seconds. Campbell also helped the 4x100 meter relay team to a first place win with a time of 45.94 seconds. 

Women’s Field Athlete of the Week
Joh'vonnie Mosley, Kent State
Sophomore, Youngstown, Ohio

Mosley improved her PR in the shot put and moved up the national ranks with her win in the shot put at Akron's Campbell Wright Invitational May 5.  Mosley's mark of 52-10.75 is 29th nationally this season, is fifth in program history and won the event by four feet; it's also the best mark in the MAC this season. Mosley added a second-place finish in the discus with a mark of 156-02.

Men’s Track Athlete of the Week
Joshua Schmidt, Kent State
Junior, Ashwood, Austraila

Schmidt continued to move up the national rankings in the men's 800-meter run with his performance at Akron's Campbell Wright Invitational May 5. Schmidt finished second and was the top collegian in the men's 800-meter run with a time of 1:49.81, a mark that is sixth-best in Kent State records. It's also the fastest time this season in the MAC.

Men’s Field Athlete of the Week
Eric Hubbard, Akron
Senior, Medina, Ohio/Medina HS

Eric Hubbard broke an eight-year, school record in the hammer throw last weekend to highlight the annual Campbell/Wright Invitational. As the top collegiate finisher, Hubbard, who was the MAC Champion in the weight throw last February, launched a huge toss of 205-04 to surpass the previous standard of 203-10, set by Greg Corbitt during the 2004 season. It is the top mark recorded in the MAC in 2012 and the 26th-best throw in the country. 


Other Nominees:
Anna Holmes, Buffalo
At the Jim Thorpe Open, Anna Holmes set a new personal record with her victory in the 400-meters in 56.17.

Victoria Voronko, Eastern Michigan University
Freshman, Moscow, Russia (Univ. of Moscow)

Freshman Victoria Voronko earned first place honors at this weekend’s Len Paddock Invitational when she completed the 1,500-meter run in 4:32.76. Voronko’s finish at the University of Michigan ranks fifth in the Mid-American Conference this season in the 1,500.

Shanequa Williams, Kent State
Sophomore, Akron, Ohio

Williams was a two-time winner at Akron's Campbell Wright Invitational May 5, as she was victorious in both the women's 200-meter dash and 4x100-meter relay. Williams, who ranks in the top 70 in the nation in the 200, won the 200 with a time of 23.88, just off her PR set earlier this season. Williams also aided the relay team to a time of 45.94, which ranks fourth-best in Kent State history.

Layne Baggett, Miami University 
Junior, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Moon Senior HS)

Baggett won the 100m hurdles Friday at Indiana’s Billy Hayes Invitational. She first clocked 13.80 in the prelims, which was the top qualifying time for the finals in a field of 13. Her prelim time was .3 seconds faster than anybody else. In the finals, she was again first, clocking 13.87 seconds, to win by .24 seconds. Her prelim time was just .11 seconds off her personal-best mark that she set earlier this year (13.69) and sits third in the MAC.

Tatijana Jacobson, Eastern Michigan University
Junior, Woodville, Ohio (Bowling Green State University)

Junior Tatijana Jacobson completed a successful showing at the 2012 Len Paddock Invitational Thursday and Friday, May 3-4. The Woodville, Ohio native registered a five-feet and 8.75-inch leap in the high jump which won the event at the Len Paddock as well as ranking second-best this season in the Mid-American Conference’s outdoor track and field season. The junior also ranks second in the EMU record books with her jump at the University of Michigan.

Kori Tatman, Miami University
Sophomore, Amanda, Ohio (Amanda-Clearcreek HS)

Tatman earned a runner-up finish in the pole vault Friday at Indiana’s Billy Hayes Invitational in a field of 14. She cleared a season-best 12-1.5/3.70m, which is just two inches shy of her personal best, set last year. Her mark ranks eighth in the MAC this year.

Andrea Hiler, Western Michigan
Sophomore, Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet HS
Hiler won both the discus and the shot put in WMU's 121-66 win over Ball State at the Jack Shaw Classic. Hiler threw 168-04 in the discus and then followed it up with a personal-best distance of 49-9 in the shot put. 

Tyshaun Peoples, Akron
Senior, Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville HS

Tyshaun Peoples enjoyed a strong day at the Campbell/Wright Invitational last weekend by winning the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.04. It is the fastest mark recorded in the MAC this season and just two-hundredths of a second shy of cracking UA's all-time, top-5 list. Peoples, who owns the school record in the 110 hurdles (13.91), also placed fourth in the 100-meters Saturday with a time of 10.80. 

Andre Britton, Buffalo
At the Jim Thorpe Open at Penn State, Andre Britton won the men's 100-meter dash. Britton took the race in 10.78 seconds, a full two-tenths of a second ahead of runner-up Aaron Nadolsky of Penn State.

Josh George, Eastern Michigan University
Sophomore, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Frontinac Secondary)

Sophomore, Josh George competed successfully at the 2012 Len Paddock Invitational last weekend. George recorded the second-best time to this point in the Mid-American Conference for the 800-meter run at the University of Michigan. He completed the distance in 1:50.33 which was good for third place in Ann Arbor.

Jahquil Hargrove, Miami University
Sophomore, Norristown, Pa. (Norristown Area HS)

Hargrove ran a blistering 400m dash Friday at Indiana’s Billy Hayes Invitational, winning the race in a personal-best 47.09, which ranks fourth in school history. His time is tops in the MAC by half a second and ranks 82nd nationally. He finished just over eight-tenths of a second ahead of the runner-up in a field of 15. Hargrove also improved his previous-best time by .14 of a second (was 47.23).

Rob Golabek, Buffalo
At the Jim Thorpe Open at Penn State, Rob Golabek finished fifth in a field of 12 in the shot put, finishing behind several elite athletes including  IAAF World Indoor Champion Ryan Whiting, current NCAA leader Joe Kovacs of Penn State and former Penn State All-American Blake Eaton. Golabek threw 58-4 (17.78m).

Joe Tesner, Eastern Michigan University
Senior, Westland, Mich. (Livonia Churchill)

Senior Joe Tesner competed in the pole vault over the weekend at the 2012 Len Paddock Invitational, placing third with a leap of 16-feet and 7.50-inches. Tesner’s jump ranks tied for fourth in the Mid-American Conference this season, while it also ranks fifth in the Eastern Michigan University men’s track and field outdoor record book.

Justin Bailey, Kent State
Senior, Trenton, N.J.

Bailey was the winner in the men's triple jump at Akron's Campbell Wright Invitational May 5. Bailey won with a jump of 47-11.00, good for a PR by over three feet and third in the MAC. Bailey edged the field by over one foot.

Matt Rudin, Miami University
Senior, Middleburg Heights, Ohio (Midpark HS)

Rudin posted his best vault of the season Friday at the Billy Hayes Invitational, clearing a season-best 5.05m/16-6.75 in the pole vault at the Indiana-hosted meet. He was the runner-up in a field of 20 while his height was the same as Purdue’s Byron Ferrell, who took first, but Rudin needed more attempts. Rudin’s mark was just two inches shy of his personal best, which he set last year. His clearance ranks fifth in the MAC this year. Rudin also graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Miami’s School of Business on Saturday.