MAC Announces Cross Country Runners of the Week

Updated 10/4/2012


MAC Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Michael Heller, Kent State
Senior, Stow, Ohio (Stow)
Event: All-Ohio Championships – 8k
Finish in Event: 2nd
Finishing Time: 24:37.15
Senior Michael Heller (Stow, Ohio) took second-place to pace the Golden Flashes to a sixth-place finish at the All-Ohio Championships Saturday (Sept. 29) at Elvin R. King Cross Country Course. Heller completed the course in a career-best 24:37.15, which was 3.01 off the lead. Kent State was No. 14 in last week's USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region rankings.

MAC Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Mackenzie Chojnacky, Toledo
Sophomore, Jerome, Idaho (Jerome)
Event: Kansas Rim Rock Farm Classic 6K
Finish in Event: 3rd
Finishing Time: 20:45.10
Mackenzie Chojnacky posted a 6K time of 20:45.10 (PR) at the Kansas Rim Rock Farm Classic last Saturday. Chojnacky finished third overall among 143 runners, leading the Rockets to a narrow second-place finish behind No. 8 Michigan. Led by Chojnacky, Toledo held the lead 35-37 until Michigan edged out the Rockets 33-43 in the final 200-meters. Toledo received the highest ranking in program and conference history on Tuesday, and Chojnacky is their top runner with two, top-three finishes in three races. Toledo's next race will be Pre-Nationals on Oct. 13 at Louisville. 


Other Nominees
Maria Moore, Akron
Sophomore, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Woodridge HS)
Event: All-Ohio Championships (5K)
Finish in Event: 3rd
Finishing Time: 18:07.43
Sophomore Maria Moore placed third at the All-Ohio Championships last weekend, finishing the women's 5K in 18:07.43. Paced by Moore's lead, the Zips, who are ranked No. 14 in the Great Lakes Region, finished fourth as a team at the annual competition. It was the second time in three meets Moore has been the Zips' top finisher after winning the Tommy Evans Invitational and finishing runner-up at the Buffalo Stampede a week later.

Zach Ahart, Buffalo
Year: Junior
Hometown: Wheatfield, NY
Previous School: Starpoint HS
Event: Paul Short Invite
Finish in Event: 52nd of 332
Finishing Time: 24:57 (8K)
Additional Information: Ahart was UB's top finisher at the Lehigh Paul Short Invitational as the Bulls finished 18th among 37 teams. Racing against some of the region’s top programs, Ahart cut more than 20 seconds from his 8K time from the UB Stampede Invitational two weeks before.

Name: Shelby Janutol
School: Buffalo
Year: Senior
Hometown: Troy, MI
Previous Schools: Troy HS/Ferris State
Event: Paul Short Invite
Finish in Event: 132nd of 360
Finishing Time: 22:23 (6K)
Additional information: Janutol was UB’s top finisher at the Lehigh Paul Short Invitational as the Bulls placed 29th among 40 schools which included 11 of the Northeast Region’s top 15 programs. It was the first time that the UB women had competed in a 6K race this season.
Terefe Ejigu, Eastern Michigan
Senior, Mount Cook, Wellington (Wellington College (New Zealand))
3rd at Notre Dame Invitational (23:39)
Senior Terefe Ejigu took third for the Eagles, Friday, September 28 at the 57th Notre Dame Invitational.  The two time reigning Mid-American Conference Runner of the Week turned in a final time of 23:39 to lead the Eagles for the third time in 2012.  The third place finish was made more impressive due to the caliber of the competition, as Ejigu took third in a field that contained ten of the top 30 teams in the country.

Victoria Voronko, Eastern Michigan
Sophomore, Moscow, Russia (University of Moscow)
3rd at Notre Dame Invitational (17:32)
Sophomore Victoria Voronko took third for the Eagles during the 27th running of the Women's Notre Dame Invitational.  For Voronko, it marks the fourth time this season that she has been the top performer for the Eagles on the course.  Voronko's finish also assisted the Eagles to a fourth place finish in the women's gold race in the field of 15 teams.
Dave Wing, Miami
Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley HS
Event: All-Ohio Championships (Cedarville University/Cedarville, Ohio)
Finish: 8th place
Time: 24:52.8
Junior Dave Wing paced Miami at the All-Ohio Championships Saturday, leading the RedHawks to a second-place team finish. He was Miami’s top scorer for the first time this year and third time in his career, finishing in eighth place in an 8K personal-best 24:52.8. He was running in a field of 44 teams, including four MAC schools, and 301 runners. He beat his previous best time by 13 seconds and has scored in Miami’s top three in all three races this year. The RedHawks finished ahead of all the other MAC teams in attendance, only trailing winner Cincinnati.
Jess Hoover, Miami
Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson HS
Event: Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational (Loyola University/Chicago, Ill.)
Finish: 13th place
Time: 17:58
Sophomore Jess Hoover was Miami’s top finisher for the third time in three meets this year Saturday at the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational. She placed 13th in a 5K personal-best 17:58 to help the RedHawks take third as a team. Hoover trimmed 12 seconds off her previous best 5K time set last year. She was the top MAC finisher at the meet with two other teams (NIU and WMU) also competing among the 51 teams running. Hoover was just five seconds away from a top-10 finish in a field of 514 runners while helping the ‘Hawks finish ahead of Big Ten foes Northwestern and Purdue.
Name: Courtney Oldenburg
Institution: Northern Illinois University
Year: Senior
Previous School: West Salem HS
Event: Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational (5K)
Finish in Event: 20th Place
Finishing Time: 18:09
Week’s Achievements: 
Oldenburg followed up her record-setting performance three weeks ago with a strong 20th place finish at the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational in Chicago. With over 500 runners in the field, the senior from West Salem, Wis., crossed the finish line at 18:09 for a top 20 finish. Additionally, Oldenburg's finish helped the Huskies claim an 11th place team finish - a nine-spot improvement from the same meet last season - out of 51 teams.
Juli Accurso
Casstown, Ohio 
Junior Juli Accurso took runner-up honors against some of nation's top collegiate talent at the 57th annual Notre Dame Invitational this past Friday at the Burke Golf Course. Accurso raced to a second-place after she posted a time of 16:35, finishing just six seconds behind Florida State's Colleen Quigley, who won the race in a time of 16:29. Accurso's second-place finish marked the third time this year in which she has placed in the top five. The Bobcat women competed in the Blue Race, which featured four nationally-ranked teams. In the team standings, Ohio finished the meet 14th overall.