MAC Announces Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 1/22/2013

Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Ann Marie Duffus, Kent State, Long Jump/Hurdles
Freshman, North Clarendon, Jamaica (Edwin Allen)
Sophomore Ann Marie Duffus (North Clarendon, Jamaica) continued her stellar campaign, qualifying for the conference meet in the 60-meter hurdles and long jump. Duffus won the 60-meter hurdles in 8.47, surpassing herself for the second-best time in school history and ranking second in the conference this year. In field events, she finished runner-up in the long jump. Her mark of 19'-07.00" is good for second in the conference and fourth in school history.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week 
Alexis Cooks, Akron, Throws
Sophomore, Colorado Springs, Colo. /Doherty HS
Alexis Cooks continued to prove that she is a quick study in the weight throw last Friday night at the Kent Duals. The sophomore, who is competing in the event for the first time as a collegiate athlete, recorded a huge toss of 67-09.00 to win the competition and post the seventh-best mark in the NCAA. It is also the top-recorded throw in the MAC this season. 

Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Gabriel Genovesi, Akron, Mid-Distance
Junior, Mequon, Wis. /Homestead HS
Gabriel Genovesi was a two-time winner at the Kent Duals last Friday night, taking first place in the 800-meters and running anchor on the top 4x400 meter relay team. In the 800m, Genovesi posted the sixth-fastest time in the nation and the top mark in the MAC by crossing the line in 1:50.87. Thanks in part to Genovesi's efforts, the Zips men's team earned an 80-71 victory over their cross-town rivals. 

Men's Field Athlete of the Week 
Shawn Barber, Akron, Pole Vault
Freshman, Kingwood, Texas /Kingwood Park HS
After setting the school's indoor pole vault record last weekend, freshman Shawn Barber turned in another historical performance Friday night in a winning effort at the Kent Dual. The native of Kingwood, Texas, and the nation's No. 1 pole vaulter, jumped 18-02.75 to break five-time Zips All-American John Russell's Stile Athletics Field House record of 18-01.00, which had stood for six years. Barber's winning clearance was nearly a full foot better than the next closest competitor (17-03.00) on the night.

 

 

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WOMEN’S 
Shante' White, Buffalo, Throws
Senior, Syracuse, NY/Henninger
At the Cornell Upstate Challenge, Shante' White threw a new personal best to win the women's weight throw with a distance of 60-6 (18.44m), improving her MAC standing to fifth. 

Brooke Pleger, Bowling Green, Throws
Redshirt Sophomore, Saline, Mich. / Saline
For the third consecutive meet, redshirt sophomore Brooke Pleger won the weight throw and set a personal best in doing so. Her throw of 61-feet-10.25 was more than four feet further than any other competitor at Michigan's Harvey-Simmons Invitational Saturday. She bested her previous toss of 61-7 set just a week ago with a throw that is the fourth-best in the MAC this year. 
 
Makeda DeBardelaben, Eastern Michigan, Jumps
Freshman, Saginaw, Mich. / Arthur Hill
Eastern Michigan freshman Makeda DeBardelaben turned in a pair of solid performances at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational hosted by the University of Michigan, Jan. 19.  DeBardelaben’s jump of 17-feet and 9.75-inches was good enough for third in the long jump. She also took second in the triple jump with a 35-foot and 1.25-inch bound.
 
Dior Delophont, Kent State, Jumps/Multi
Freshman, Nancy, France /Lycee Henri Poincare
Freshman Dior Delophont improved upon her conference-leading mark in the high jump, clearing 6’-00.75” to win the event at the Kent State-Akron Dual on Friday.  That mark places her second in school history and fourth in the nation this year. For the second consecutive week, Delophont attempted to clear 6'-02.00", which would have tied for the best jump in the nation this season and broken both the school record, but was unsuccessful. In the triple jump, she recorded a mark of 42'05.25", which ranks third in school history, the top mark in the conference this year, and sixth in the nation.
 
Ashley Zaper, Miami, Multi-events
Junior, Whitehouse, Ohio/Anthony Wayne
Competing in her first pentathlon of the season, Zaper had a strong showing at the Gladstein Invitational Friday at Indiana University as she earned runner-up out of out eight competitors with a score of 3,521. Her score is second-best in the MAC this year and ranks 17th nationally. Her total is the ninth-best pentathlon score in school history and the second-best of her career. Zaper finished behind only Indiana’s Courtney Woodard and was 47 points ahead of South Florida’s Rachel Klinger, who was third. Zaper tied for the top high jump mark in the pentathlon, clearing 1.68m/5-6, while taking third in the 60m hurdles in 9.02 and in the 800m run in 2:35.02. She was fourth in the long jump (5.31m/17-5.25) and fifth in the shot put (9.68m/31-9.25).
 
Olivia Herzog, Northern Illinois 
Freshman, Shelbyville, Ill. /Okaw Valley HS
Herzog posted a personal best performance in the shot put at Minnesota's Jack Johnson Classic over the weekend, tossing 40-04.75 (12.31m) to take third place in the collegiate division. The freshman beat out South Dakota State's Amy Paulzine by just over a foot and bested teammate Jasmine Maclin's mark by nearly two feet.
 
MEN’S
Donald Scott, Eastern Michigan, Jumps
Junior, Apopka Fl/ Apopka 
Donald Scott recorded a victory in the triple jump, his third win of the season in as many attempts, with a 14.39-meter leap (47-feet, 2.50-inches) at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational hosted by the University of Michigan, Jan. 19. Scott also took third in the long jump with a mark of 6.67 meters (21-feet, 10.75-inches).
 
Matthias Tayala, Kent State, Throws
Sophomore, McDonald, Ohio /McDonald
Sophomore Matthias Tayala won the weight throw with a conference-best toss of 64'-06.00", which ranks 13th in the nation this season and ninth all-time in Kent State history. Tayala took third-place in the shot put with a mark of 51’-11.25”.
 
WOMEN’S
Katelyn DeVries, Ball State, Distance
Freshman, Valparaiso, Ind. /Valparaiso
Turned in a Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships qualifying time of 17:30.95 in the 5000m run at the Gladstein Invitational hosted by Indiana. Her career-best effort placed sixth among the 37-runner field which including runners from MAC foes Toledo and Miami, as well as other schools which included Ohio State, St. Louis, Xavier and Cincinnati.
 
Malayah White, Buffalo, Sprints 
Freshman, Buffalo, NY/Mt. St. Mary
At the Cornell Upstate Challenge, Malayah White, took her first collegiate win in the 60m with a personal best time of 7.68. She came back to take a very impressive thirrd place in the 200m with another personal best of 25.24. 
 
Danielle Clark, Eastern Michigan, Sprints
Sophomore, Paramaribo, Suriname/Ewald P. Meyer Lyceum School
Danielle Clark took home one of two victories for Eastern Michigan at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational hosted by the University of Michigan, Jan. 19. The sophomore was a member of the 4x400-meter relay team that completed the race in 3:49.81, nearly three seconds ahead of the second place team. She also ran in 25.10 to take runner-up honors in the 200-meter dash.
 
Charlotte Myers, Miami, Sprints
Sophomore, Bexley, Ohio/ Bexley 
Myers had a superb meet at the Gladstein Invitational at Indiana University Saturday, breaking the school record in the 600m run with her time of 1:34.01. She topped Miami Hall-of-Famer Becca Williams’ record of 1:34.39 by 0.38 seconds, a mark which had stood since 1996. Myers’ time is also the top 600m time in the MAC this year, over two seconds ahead of any other MAC 600m time this year (WMU’s Ariel Arnold is second with 1:36.24). She finished sixth in the 600m run invitational final that included only 10 sprinters at the Gladstein Invite and was fifth among collegiate competitors, finishing behind a pair of Ohio State runners and an Indiana runner. Her time was better than all 14 competitors in the regular 600m run final. She improved on her previous best 600m time by 1.6 seconds. In addition to her 600m run, Myers helped Miami earn third out of 19 teams in the 4x400m relay on Saturday as the RedHawks clocked 3:50.75, finishing just behind Ohio State and Tennessee State.
 
Megan Gregory, Northern Illinois
Senior, Chicago, Ill. /Plainfield North HS
Gregory was the top performer on the track for NIU at the Jack Johnson Classic in Minneapolis, Minn., placing second in the 60 hurdles. After taking third in the preliminaries with an 8.96 clip, the senior bested Western Michigan's Iris Campbell in the finals with a run of 8.74, outpacing her conference rival by three-hundredths of a second.
 
Melissa Thompson, Ohio, Distance 
Junior, Westerville, St. Francis DeSales
Thompson won both of her races Saturday to help Ohio earn a third-place finish at the Tiffin University Carnival. The Westerville, Ohio, native captured the women's 800m title in a time of 2:22.88, nearly two seconds in front of the second-place finisher. In the mile run, Thompson crossed the finish line in 5:11.88 (more than seven seconds in front of the second-place finisher) to win the event. 
 
MEN’S  
Gabriel Genovesi, Akron, Mid-Distance
Junior, Mequon, Wis. /Homestead HS
Gabriel Genovesi was a two-time winner at the Kent Duals last Friday night, taking first place in the 800-meters and running anchor on the top 4x400 meter relay team. In the 800m, Genovesi posted the sixth-fastest time in the nation and the top mark in the MAC by crossing the line in 1:50.87. Thanks in part to Genovesi's efforts, the Zips men's team earned an 80-71 victory over their cross-town rivals. 
 
Miles Lewis, Buffalo, Sprints
Junior, Coram, NY/Newfield
At the Cornell Upstate Challenge, Miles Lewis broke the UB men's record in winning the 60-meters in 6.76 seconds, eclipsing Ezekiel Porter's 2007 record by .01 seconds. Lewis also won the 200-meter in 21.56, .07 seconds off Porter's 2007 mark.
 
Kyle Stacks, Central Michigan, Distance 
Sophomore, Concord, Mich./Concord HS
Stacks won the mile run at the Simmond-Harvey invitational at the University of Michigan on Saturday. Stacks won with a time of 4:11.16, a personal record and MAC Indoor championship qualifying time.
 
Matthew Williams, Eastern Michigan, Sprints
Freshman,  Moreno Valley, Cali. / Vista Del Lago
Freshman Matthew Williams turned in a solid performance for Eastern Michigan at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich., Jan. 19, winning the 400-meter dash in 49.83 for his first collegiate win along with finishing runner-up in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.12. 
 
Laron Brown, Kent State, Sprints
Junior, Dayton, Ohio/Chaminade Julienne
Junior Laron Brown clocked a 49.05 to win the 400-meter dash. Brown was also a member of Kent State’s 4x400 relay team that finished second with a time of 3:16.57, which is third in the conference this year.