Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
YPSILANTI, Mich. – University of Akron freshman pole vaulter Shawn Barber made his University of Akron debut a memorable one Friday night in the Zips' first meet of the indoor season at the Eastern Michigan University Triangular.
Competing in his first collegiate meet, Barber, who is the national high school record holder, jumped 18-04.50 to win the pole vault competition and break the Zips' previous all-time standard of 18-02.50, which was originally set by five-time All-American John Russell in 2006. Barber's huge jump is believed to be the seventh-best, dual meet jump in NCAA history.
Furthermore, Barber is just the second athlete in the history of the Zips' program to eclipse the 18-foot barrier; a feat he achieved a number of times during his standout high school career.
In all, Barber was one of six individual winners on the day for the men's team, which finished second with 97 points – just four points behind the host Eagles (101) and 34 ahead of Buffalo (63). Also recording top marks in their events were Tyshaun Peoples (8.05) in the 60-meter hurdles, Nick Owens (49.78) in the 400-meters, Gabriel Genovesi (1:54.97) in the 800-meters, Martel Durant (6-09.50) in the high jump and Nick Banke (56-03.75) in the weight throw.
Conversely, the UA women's team dominated three events with 1-2 finishes in the pole vault, long jump and weight throw but couldn't catch the Eagles, who completed the dual-meet sweep with 104 points. In all, the Zips finished in second place with 85 points while the Bulls came in third with 59.
Brittany Cheese (18-05.00) and Katherine Lee (18-03.00) claimed the top two spots in the long jump, Ariane Beaumont-Courteau (13-01.50) and Claire Lucas (13-01.50) did the same in the pole vault and Brittany Funk (64-10.50) and Alexis Cooks (60-06.75) followed suit in the weight throw.
The Zips will next return to Akron to host the Kent Dual next Friday night at Stile Athletics Field House. The annual competition versus cross-town rival Kent State will begin at 7 p.m. ET.
MUNCIE, Ind. - - Due to transportation issues, the Ball State indoor track & field team was unable to participate in today's BGSU Opener.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – The Bowling Green State University track and field team competed in the BGSU Collegiate Opener Saturday afternoon, placing fourth out of five teams at the Perry Field House. As a team, the Falcons finished with 72.5 points, defeating IPFW’s team score of 28. Mid-American Conference foe Western Michigan came out on top, earning a score of 215. Toledo (90.5) and Dayton (80) finished second and third, respectively.
Redshirt sophomore Brooke Pleger highlighted the meet for Bowling Green, once again earning a first place finish in the weight throw. Pleger’s throw of 60-feet-7 in set a new personal best, beating out her previous mark of 59-feet-8.25 set last month at the EMU Eagle Holiday Tournament. Sophomore Nicolette Johnson placed second among BG throwers (sixth overall), setting a new personal best with a throw of 51-feet-7.75.
“Brooke (Pleger) took another big step in a short period of time,” said head coach Lou Snelling. “The win was great to see, it speaks a lot to her focus and work ethic, as well as what coach (Matt) Conly is putting together for her as far as training.”
Redshirt sophomore Brittany Sinclair earned a third place finish in the 400, setting a personal best with a time of 58.25 in her first action wearing the Orange and Brown. Sophomore Natalie Sommerville backed up Sinclair with a seventh place finish at 1:00.66, followed by sophomore Lisa Worthy at 1:01.19 in 12th place.
“It was her (Sinclair) first time in a Bowling Green uniform, so It was nice to see her really take that step,” said Snelling. “It’s great to see that immediate impact from that first recruiting class.”
Sinclair also helped the Falcons earn a second place overall finish in the 4x400 relay, with Bowling Green finishing the race in 3:56.15. Strong performances from Felicia Jefferson, Taylor Rambo and Demetra Taylor aided in the Falcons shaving roughly two seconds off their 1600 time from last month’s meet at EMU.
In distance, Bowling Green showed well in the 3000, placing two athletes among the top three finishers. Redshirt Freshman Andrea Alt led all Falcons with a finish time of 10:31.54, placing second. Fellow redshirt freshman Jasmine Redman wasn’t far behind, earning a third place finish with a time of 10:36.89. Redshirt junior Abby Koch also placed in the top ten, earning an eighth-place finish with a time of 10:47.30.
The Falcons are right back in action next Saturday, heading to Michigan for an all-day slate of events at the Simmons Harvey Invitational.
YPSILANTI, MI – The University at Buffalo opened the 2013 indoor track and field season on Friday evening with the Eastern Michigan Triangular at EMU's Bowen Fieldhouse. The Bulls finished third in both the men's and women's competitions as they took on Akron and the host Eagles.
The UB women's 4x400-meter relay took the meet's final race as the Bulls posted a three-second win over Eastern Michigan. The UB foursome of Jamiee McClary, Crystal Graham, Gina Carnovale and Donna Jeanty won in 3:55.88.
Meghan Manley won the women's 800-meters as the Bulls posted the three fastest times in the race. Manley won the event in 2:16.43 with Regine Lazard placing second in 2:16.55 and Jackie Burns third in 2:16.88.
The UB women also picked up a second-place finish from Brooklynn Ventura in the 60-meter hurdles. Ventura clocked 8.66 seconds in her race as EMU's Vanessa Clerveaux won in 8.38. Ventura also finished third in the women's 200-meters in 25.91.
Erin Miller and Shante' White added third-place finishes in the throws for the UB women. Miller had a shot put toss of 46-4.25 (14.13m) to place third while also taking fourth in the weight throw at 57-4.25 (17.48m). White placed third in the weight throw at 59-1.25 (18.01m).
Newcomers Shelby Janutol and Kara Patrick finished second and third, respectively in the women's 3,000-meters. Janutol placed second in 10:20.16 with Patrick right behind in 10:20.44.
Jonathan Jones won the shot put for the UB men. He finished with a top throw of 59-5.50 (18.12m), more than five feet better than the second-place finisher.
The UB men also collected five second-place finishes, three from sprinters making their collegiate debuts. Freshman Darien Johnson finished second in the 60-meters in 6.96 with freshman Ryan Billian taking second in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.14. Brian Crimmins, another freshman, finished second in the men's 800-meters in 1:55.19.
Sophomore jumpers Chris Reape and Austin Price also posted second-place finishes for the UB men. Reape took the runner-up position in the high jump at 6-9.50 (2.07m) while Price finished second in the triple jump at 47-42.5 (14.43m).
Both teams placed third in their respective fields. The UB men collected 77 points with Eastern Michigan holding off Akron, 113-109, for the top spot. The UB women scored 75 points trailing the Eagles (119) and Zips (92).
Both squads travel to the Cornell Upstate Challenge next Saturday.
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan had a successful outing at the CMU open January 11. A Chippewa finished in the top three of 25 of the 29 events. No athletes competed in the men's shot put, women's weight throw or women's 200m dash.
Wille Randolph, Director of Track and field on the performance, "What we saw today mentally, they are competitors. Physically, we know we still have to work on things."
The Chippewas had their first MAC Championship qualifying marks of the season from senior Nathan Huff, sophomore Tanner Pesonen, freshman Craig Mauldin and sophomore Dee Smith. Huff won the Men's 3,000m (8.54.15), Pesonen finished 10th, but had a time of 9:11.53, good enough to qualify. Smith won the long jump with a personal record of 7.16m (23-06.00). Mauldin finished second in the men's triple jump with a leap of 14.30m (46.11.00), a CMU career-best.
"I am trying to have a big impact my first year. I just want to keep getting a better mark each week," said Mauldin.
Also finding success in the jumping events was junior Michael Johnson, who finished third in the triple jump behind Mauldin. In the high jump, freshman Matt Mueller finished second with a jump of 1.97m (6-05.50), a CMU career-best. Junior Tim Reynolds finished third in the men's pole vault (4.41m, 14-05.50).
For the women's team, freshman Shaya Wilkerson had a break out night. She won the triple jump with a leap of 11.44m (37-06.50). Directly following the triple jump, Wilkerson made her way to the high jump, where she finished third with 1.58m (5-02.25).
Freshman Marsielle McBeam won in the high jump with a height of 1.63 (5-04.25). She bested teammate junior Megan Heffner (1.63, 5-04.25) on a judges decision. Heffner was followed by Wilkerson, and junior Samantha Stein ( 1.58m, 5-02.25) to complete the four place sweep.
In the long jump, freshman Markayla Goodson finished second with a personal record of 5.38m (17-08.00). In the women's pole vault, freshman Micaela Conter (3.61m, 11-10.00), Halley Love (3.16m, 10-04.25) and Rachel Domagalski (3.01m, 9-10.5) finished second through fourth, respectively.
Finishing off the field events, Calvin Jackson took third with a throw of 16.82m (55-02.25) in the men's weight throw, an event that was won by CMU alum Kevin Mays. In the women's shot put, freshman Devene Brown (13.34m, 43-09.25) and sophomore Kayle Brindley finished one and two.
The feel-good story of the evening was senior Charnele Lyons. Lyons finished third (2:19:43) in the women's 800m race, her first competitive race in over a year after coming off of injury.
"Charnele Lyons hasn't run in over a year, almost, and to come out here and compete for the first time in that long, I would say her performance stands out to me," Randolph said. "It took a lot of heart and a lot of guts, and you don't know what to expect after not running for that long."
In the men's 800m, sophomore Kyle Stacks took first with a time of 1:56.95. Teammate and fellow sophomore Ben Wynsma came in third (1:58.82). In the 600m, senior Nathan Sanchez finished second at 1:24.35. Freshman Clinton Cargill set a CMU career-best in a second place finish (51.20). Junior Clay Holman won the men's 200 with a time of 22.8.
Junior Shawntoreah Turk competed in the 600m race, earning the first place spot with a time of 1:37.46. Teammate sophomore Bridget Doughty, who came in second, gave Turk a run for her money, finished in 1:37.48. This was a CMU career best for Doughty. Sophomore Diamond Hamilton finished third in the women's 400m with a time of 1:02.17.
Sophomore Ethan Lievense won the men's one mile with a personal record of 4:20.25. Teammate freshman Monte Scott finished third with a time of 4:24.80.
In the men's 60m hurdles, the Chippewas swept the top four places. Parker Scott took second with a personal record of 8.36, freshman Chaz Bradshaw III took third (8.37), and junior Cory Noeker took fourth (8.44). Senior Renoldo Powell, who competed unattached, won the race with a personal record of 8.02, a time good enough to qualify for MAC Championships.
Junior Ross Parsons finished second in the men's 60m dash with a time of 6.96. On the women's side, Doughty won the women's 60m hurdles for Central Michigan (8.94). Goodson took third in the 60m dash (7.98).
The Chippewas finished 2nd in the men's 4x400 relay (3:27.67), and finished first in the women's race to close the meet (4:07.33).
"Our team is very young. We only have about 6 seniors on our entire team, so with the fact that you saw a lot of underclassmen doing a lot of solid things, it speaks a lot of the growth of this program," said Randolph.
Next weekend the Chippewas will head to the University of Michigan to compete at the Simmons- Harvey Invitational.
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – Freshman Brittany Crew broke her own school record in the shot put as the Eastern Michigan University women's track and field team downed the University of Akron and the University at Buffalo in the EMU Triangular on Bob Parks Track inside Bowen Field House.
EMU's 119 points were good enough for the top team spot as Akron and Buffalo finished with 92 points and 75 points, respectively.
The Green and White won 8-of-14 events throughout the evening, including two victories from both Vanessa Clerveaux and Victoria Voronko. Clerveaux finished at the top of the podium in the 60-meter dash (7.63) and the 60-meter hurdles (8.38). In the distance races, Voronko was victorious in the One-Mile race (4:55), while also taking home a 26-second victory in the 3000-meter run with a time of 9:53.97. In the mile, Morgan Churchwell took second in 4:56.89.
After shattering the 22-year old EMU record in the shot put at the Eagle Holiday Meet, Dec. 7, Crew rewrote the record books again with a 15.67-meter (51-feet, 5-inches) toss in this evening's event. The freshman's two record-breaking throws have been good enough for victories in both meets to start her collegiate career.
Freshman Morgan Yeadon finished runner-up behind teammates in the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. Fellow Eagle Danielle Clark took home the 200-meter dash in 25.46.
Tatijana Jacobson took first with a 1.75-meter (5-feet, 8.75-inches) leap in the high jump, her second victory in as many meets. Asia Rawls also raced to a first-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.57.
WInning both home meets over six opponents to start the season, Eastern travels to Ann Arbor, Jan. 19, to compete in the Harvey-Simmons Invitational.
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – Winning 7-of-14 events, the Eastern Michigan University men's track and field team defeated both the University of Akron and the University at Buffalo in the EMU Triangular at Bowen Field House, Friday Jan. 11.
The victorious Eagles scored 113 points while Akron finished close behind with 109 points, followed by 77 points from Buffalo.
Senior team co-captain Jay Saunders raced to victories in the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash with times of 6.93 and 22.18, respectively. In the 200-meter dash, Chris Scott finished closely behind in 22.72, good enough for second place.
Another Eagle securing two wins on the night was distance-runner Terefe Ejigu. The Wellington, New Zealand native took top honors in the One-Mile race with a 4:18.38 as teammate Ian Hanke ran second in 4:21.54. Ejigu also raced in 8:28.76 to take first in the 3000-meter race.
The EMU 4x400-meter relay team of Matthew Williams, Jeff Elam, Tyler Ross and Jason Ervin finished ahead of the pack with a time of 3:20.90.
The Green and White secured two victories in the field events. Solomon Ijah leaped 6.98 meters (22-feet, 11-iches) to win the long jump. After setting a new EMU record in the triple jump at the Eagle Holiday Meet, Dec. 7, Donald Scott went 2-for-2 on the season in the triple jump, winning with a jump of 14.86 meters (48-feet, 9-inches).
Speaking of setting EMU records, Max Babits broke the school record with a 5.29-meter (17-feet, 4.25-inches) vault. However, Babits' record placed him in the runner-up position on the evening as Akron freshman Shawn Barber's 5.60-meter (18-feet, 4.50-inches) leap established a new Bowen Field House record for first place in the event.
Following victories at a pair of scored tri-meets to open the season, the Eagles will travel to Ann Arbor, Jan. 19, to compete in the Harvey-Simmons Invitational.
KENT, Ohio – The Kent State track and field team show no signs of rust at the Doug Raymond Invitational at the Kent State Field House on Saturday, the team's first competition following a five-week layoff.
The Golden Flashes took top honors in 11 events on the day, with school records nearly being broken in two of those events.
In her first collegiate meet, freshman Dior Delophont (Nancy, France) recorded the nation's third-best mark in the women's high jump this season by clearing 6'-00.50" to win the event. Delophont was unsuccessful on her two attempts to clear 6'-02.00", which would have been the best jump in the nation this season and broken the school and Kent State Field House records. Her mark ranks second in school history. Fellow freshman Cody Jones (Canton, Ohio) captured the title in the men's high jump, clearing 6'-07.50".
Sophomore Ann Marie Duffus (North Clarendon, Jamaica) had another impressive outing and claimed a pair of titles. Duffus clocked an 8.51 in the women's 60-meter hurdles, which is .08 off the school record and just behind her time at the season-opening Golden Flashes Gala (8.50). Freshman Kailyn Arcury (Williamsville, N.Y.) captured third-place in the event, but her 8.61, which is tied for No. 4 in program history.
She also was victorious in the long jump tying the No. 3 mark on the school's all-time list. Her other victory came in the women's long jump with a mark of 39'-02.50". Roseanne Erickson (Alexandria, Minn.) finished runner-up with a jump of 18'-11.75".
The Flashes completed the sweep of jumps on the women's side as Keri Dantley (Imperial, Pa.) took first-place in the triple jump with a mark of 39'-02.50".
Joh'vonnie Mosley (Youngstown, Ohio) won the shot put with a personal best toss of 53'-03.00", while Danniel Thomas (Shrewsberry, Jamaica) took third-place with a mark of 48'-04.00".
In the men's weight throw, Matthias Tayala (McDonald, Ohio) and Michael King (Salem, Ohio) both had personal best throws to finish second and third, respectively. Tayala's throw went 63'-11.75" while King had a toss of 53'-09.00".
On the track, the Flashes swept the 400-meter dash. Brandon Bailey (Pittsburgh, Pa.) captured the men's title with a time of 48.76 while Shanequa Williams (Akron, Ohio) won the women's race in 55.59. Erica Hutson (Akron, Ohio) clocked a 57.24 to give the Flashes the 1-2 finish.
Kent State won three distance events on Saturday. Marteze Roper (Warren, Ohio) completed the 1,000-meter run in 2:27.25 and Michael Heller (Stow, Ohio) won the 3,000-meter run in 8:36.99. Melinda Sawnor (Rochester, N.Y.) claimed the title in the 1-mile run in 5:05.48. Andrew Goodwin (Celina, Ohio) was runner-up in the men's 1-mile run, crossing the finish line in 4:17.93.
Kent State will compete again next weekend at the Akron Dual on Friday, Jan. 18.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Northern Illinois track & field team produced several promising showings Saturday at the Illini Open in Champaign, Ill., led by Sidra Sherrill's first place finish in the shot put.
Along with Sherrill's win, the Huskies produced 13 top five finishes and numerous personal bests.
"The staff's expectation for this competition was strong efforts, relentless competitors and mental preparation," said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. "The athletes accomplished those goals. We are far from the athletic shape we need to be, but with those characteristics, better times and marks are inevitable. The results are promising."
Sherrill, a sophomore from Fort Wayne, Ind., took top honors with a personal best toss of 45-08.00 (13.92m) - her second shot put PR in as many meets this year. She topped Illinois' Kristen Wilson by nearly six inches and Saint Louis' Hannah Kuenzel by almost three feet.
The field events also featured strong performances from Ellen Renk and Alex Schad. Renk, a freshman from LaSalle, Ill., took second place in the triple jump with a 37-02.25 (11.33m) leap and claimed fourth in the long jump at 16-11.25 (5.16m). Schad, her counterpart from Milwaukee, Wis., was fourth in the triple jump with a 35-01.25 (10.70m) mark, but bested her teammate in the long jump by hitting 17-00.50 (5.19m) to earn third place.
To cap it off in the field, Ida Burbulla took second place in the high jump, as the freshman from Germany reached a height of 5-03.00 (1.60m). Michaela Dwyer got into the top five in the same event with a PR mark of 4-11.00 (1.50m).
Though there were no first place finishes on the track, the Huskies still made plenty of noise. Senior Megan Gregory was the top performer in the sprints with a pair of finals appearances. Gregory placed fifth in the 60 hurdles with a 9.02 clip, while taking seventh in the 60 meters with a time of 8.02.
Several Huskie distance runners also made their season debut Saturday. NIU put three runners in the top five of the 600 meters, led by Julianne Cronin's third place finish at 1:41.29. Following her were Erica Miller, who took fourth at 1:42.94, and Lydia Mitchell, who was fifth at 1:43.43.
In the mile, Jamie Burr crossed the finish line in fourth place at a time of 5:15.30. Hannah Savage rounded out the top five with a 5:15.67 clip. In that same race, veterans Claire McAuley, Katie Janssen and Alexis Capps all set personal best times.
The Huskies get back to the track next Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18-19, when they head to the Land of 10,000 Lakes for Minnesota's Jack Johnson Classic.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- The Western Michigan track and field team continued its strong start to the 2013 season, winning its second-straight scored meet by taking the Bowling Green Opener on Saturday.
The Broncos routed the field of five teams, winning with the meet with 215 points. Second place Toledo finished with 90.5, Dayton finished with 80, hosts BGSU finished with 72.50 and IPFW finished in last place with 28. WMU won seven events outright on the day and finished with the highest collegiate finisher in three to earn first-place points in those events.
"Overall I thought it was an improvement from last week," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "I saw some really good and competitive performances today."
Junior thrower Chelsea Gerbers continued her strong start to the season. Gerbers hit a personal-best distance in the weight throw with a toss of 58 feet, 7.50 inches to take second place. She also finished second in the shot put with a distance of 45 feet, nine inches. She finished just .25 inches from first place, falling just shy of IPFW's Rachel Dincoff.
"Chelsea had a really big PR today and when you start closing in on 60 feet in the weight throw, that is a pretty good day," added Lycan. "Just missing first place in both events, those are the things that these early season meets are for. Learning how to compete and how to win. I think she'll keep this one in her memory bank and use it down the road."
Sophomore Becca Peacock also had a big personal-best on the day. Peacock came from behind to win the 3,000 meter run. She finished with a time of 10:31.36, just edging out Bowling Green's Andrea Alt by .18 seconds. With four laps remaining Peacock started to gain ground on the pack of four runners in front of her. She eventually picked off each of them to earn her first collegiate race win.
"It was one of the most exciting distance races we have seen in a while," said Lycan of the 3,000. "She just kept chewing into the lead down the stretch. it was a great finish."
The sophomore class "A" team of Rebecca Hall, Lindsey Hufnagel, Alexis Hull and Kathryn Pickett earned the win in the 4x400 meter relay. While the first three did not run the best race, according to coach Lycan, Pickett saved the day with a strong anchor leg to help the team to a time of 3:55.89.
Although they struggled in the relay win, individually the four did well on the day. Hall was the top collegiate finisher in both the 60 and 200 meter dash. Pickett was the top collegiate finisher in the high jump and also took fourth place in the 60 meter hurdles. Teammate Iris Campbell finished two spots in front of her in the event and also picked up a a win in the 600 meter run and a second-place finish in the long jump.
In the middle distance races the Broncos earned a win in the 800 meter run with Aisha Hodge improving on her time from last week with a first-place time of 2:15.71. WMU also had a strong performance in the mile run with Jeriesha Tucker taking second place and Rachel Whitley finishing in fourth.
Also seeing improvements were Western Michigan's freshmen pair of pole vaulters. Reagan Engstrom took third place and improved her height from last week by six inches to 11 feet, 5.75 inches. Alexia Dahl was able to best a competitor that beat her last week with a height of 10 feet, six inches and earned a point for WMU on the day.
Western Michigan heads to Big 10 country and the University of Minnesota for the Jack Johnson Invitational on Friday and Saturday next weekend.