MAC Track and Field Weekend Preview

Updated 4/12/2013

Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments 

 

AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron track and field program will be one of 20 in-state teams competing at the All-Ohio Championships this weekend, hosted by Ohio University.
 
The annual scored meet will feature men's and women's squads from NCAA Divisions I and II, as well as NAIA. The two-day event begins Friday at Goldsberry Track in Athens, Ohio. Participating Division I teams include Dayton, Cincinnati, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Ohio, Ohio State and Xavier.
 
Multi events and throws dominate Friday's action with the men's decathlon and a number of field events beginning at 2 p.m., followed by the women's heptathlon and men's pole vault. The women's javelin, men's hammer and men's long jump, which all begin at 5 p.m., precede the men's and women's steeplechase and 10k, which close out the first day of competition.
 
Saturday begins with the conclusion of the multi events at 10 a.m. with the men's discus, women's shot put and women's triple jump kicking off the remaining field events at Noon. The first running event will start at 12:10 p.m. with the women's 4x100. The last event (men's 4x400) is scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m. Live results will be posted to OhioBobcats.com.
 
The Zips women's team (79.50 points) stormed back from a slow start to capture third place while the men (148.33) held on for a second-place finish at the All-Ohio Outdoor Championships a year ago.
 
The Zips' women, who began the final day last out of 15 teams, stormed past 12 in-state foes thanks to dominant performances in a number of field events, including three event wins and two runner-up finishes. Ohio State captured the men's team title with 160.83 points and Cincinnati was the winner on the women's side with 191 points.

 

Ball State 
MUNCIE, Ind. - - The Ball State outdoor track & field team returns to action Friday afternoon when it hosts IPFW and IUPUI in the Cardinal Invitational at University Track.

The meet begins at 2 p.m. with action in three field events; the hammer throw, long jump and pole vault. Track events are slated to begin at 3 p.m. with the 4x100m relay.
 
The meet will also serve as senior day for the Ball State track & field program, which will honor seniors Allison Blanck (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central), MaryKate Mellen (Michigan City, Ind./Michigan City), Lywanna Melvin (Aurora, Ill./Bowling Green), Janae Taylor (Richmond, Ind./Richmond) and Emilee Zets (Berlin Center, Ohio/West Branch) prior to the 4x400m relay which is set to start at 5:15 p.m.
 
At last weekend’s Miami Invitational, the Cardinals finished the two-day meet with 59 points to place fourth out of the 16 teams entered in the meet. BSU’s student-athletes combined to score 19 top 10 finishes and seven career-best efforts at the meet.

Central Michigan 


MOUNT PLEASANT - The Central Michigan track and field squad will be splitting up this weekend, as a group of athletes head to the University of Tennessee on Friday, April 12 and Western Kentucky University on Saturday, April 13. The distance squad and a few other athletes will be competing close to home at Northwood University on Saturday.
 
“The Tennessee and Western Kentucky meets give our athletes a chance to compete in nicer weather, and competing on back-to-back days helps them prepare for the MAC Championship meet,” said Director of Track and Field Willie Randolph.
 
On Friday, select sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers will be competing at the Sea Ray Relays at the University of Tennessee’s Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium. Running events will start at 12:35 p.m.
 
Those same athletes will be competing at the Hilltopper Relays at WKU on Saturday. Running events will start at 12 p.m.
 
The Chippewas distance squad, along with select other athletes, will compete, pending weather, at Northwood University in the NU Open on Saturday. Both running and jumping events will start at 11 a.m.
 

Eastern Michigan
Women's 
YPSILANTI, Mich. –  The Eastern Michigan University women's track and field team will continue to stay on the road this outdoor season, competing in the Sea Ray Relays, hosted by the University of Tennessee, April 11-13. The meet will take place on the historic Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium, site of the 1995 NCAA Championships as well as numerous USA Track and Field championships. This will mark EMU's first trip back to the Sea Rays Relays since the 2009 outdoor campaign.

After competing in superb weather out west in the Stanford Invitational along with decent conditions in Toledo, March 29-30, the Eagles had to brave the cool temperatures that have been common throughout the state of Michigan at the Spartan Invitational, April 5-6. EMU Head Coach Sue Parks hopes to experience better weather down in Knoxville, Tenn.
 
“We are excited to head south and challenge ourselves against a competitive field.  After a cold and windy meet last weekend, we are hopeful for some good conditions,” mentioned Coach Parks. “We've shown improvement in our first two meets and we hope to continue that trend in Knoxville.”
 
The meet kicks off Thursday, April 11, with the hammer throw at 4 p.m. The action continues Friday, April 12, at 12:35 p.m., with the 3,000-meter run. The majority of the running and field events will take place throughout the second day of competition. On the meet's final day, April 13, the Sea Ray Showcase will take place as seven races will feature the meet's top runners. Select field events and eight relays will conclude competition, with the women's finale being the 4x400-meter relay scheduled to begin at 4:20 p.m.
 
The Eagles enter this week's meet after bringing five wins in the Spartan Invitational back to Ypsilanti. Vanessa Clerveaux, Makeda DeBardelaben, Asia Rawls and Victoria Voronko stood atop the podium in individual events, while the Green and White also found success in the relays. The 4x100-meter relay team of Clerveaux, Aaliyah McKinney, Danielle Clark and Morgan Yeadon took first with a time of 46.11. In the 4x400-meter relay, Clark, Yeadon, Latipha Cross and Rawls ended the race in 3:51.99 for a runner-up finish.
 
EMU team co-captain Morgan Churchwell took time out of her busy senior schedule to talk about the start of the outdoor season as well as what she expects to see out of her and the rest 
 
Men's
YPSILANTI, Mich. –  The Eastern Michigan University men's track and field team will head south in hopes of warmer weather as it participates in the Sea Ray Relays, hosted by the University of Tennessee, April 11-13. EMU will trek down to Knoxville, Tenn. for the first time since participating in the Sea Ray Relays, April 9-10, 2010. The meet will take place on the historic Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium, site of the 1995 NCAA Championships as well as numerous USA Track and Field championships.
 
“We are certainly hoping for better weather conditions than we have experienced the past two weekends,”  commented EMU Head Coach John Goodridge. “The Sea Ray Relays will provide very challenging competition in every event which provides us a good opportunity to evaluate our current preparation. “
 
The men's portion of the meet kicks off Thursday, April 11, with the hammer throw at 6:30 p.m. The action continues Friday, April 12 at 12:15 p.m., with the men's open discus. The majority of the running and field events will take place throughout the day. On the meet's final day, April 13, the Sea Ray Showcase will take place as seven races will feature the meet's top runners. Select field events and eight relays will conclude competition, with the finale being the men's 4x400-meter relay scheduled to begin at 4:40 p.m.
 
With “relays” in the meet title, the Eagles certainly know a thing or two about competing well in those types of races; there is no need to look any further than the performances at last week's Spartan Invitational, April 6. The Eagles swept the relays in East Lansing, starting with the team of Chris Scott, Cameron Bolton, Matthew Williams and Jay Saunders which took the 4x100-meter relay in a time of 42.28. Meanwhile in the 4x400-meter relay, Darrell Butler, Scott, Tyler Ross and Jeff Elam crossed the finish line in 3:21.10 to claim victory.

Kent State 


KENT, Ohio – The Kent State men's and women's outdoor track and field teams will compete this Friday (April 12) and Saturday (April 13) at the All-Ohio Championships at Ohio University's Goldsberry Track in Athens, Ohio. 
 
A collection of 15 NCAA Division I, II and NAIA teams from the Buckeye State will take part in the two-day meet.  In addition to the Golden Flashes, Ohio State, Cincinnati, Dayton, Akron and Miami (Ohio) are also among the Division I schools in the field. 
 
Action will begin at 2 p.m. Friday with the men's decathlon and women's long jump.  Saturday's schedule begins at 10 a.m. as the men's decathlon and women's heptathlon continues.  The bulk of the running events will take place from 12:40 p.m. until 4:50 p.m. Saturday.
 
The Flashes are coming off a week where they had several standout performances on both the men's and women's teams April 5-6 during the Northeast Ohio Quad hosted by the University of Akron at Lee Jackson Field.
 
Freshman Tabitha Jacofsky (Brecksville, Ohio) won the 1,500-meter run in 4 minutes, 49.84 seconds and the 800 in 2:16.76.  Sophomore Ann Marie Duffus (North Clarendon, Jamaica) took titles in the 100 in 13.83 seconds and the long jump at 19 feet, 7 inches, edging freshman teammate Dior Delophont (Nancy, France) who leaped 19'-04.75".
 
Junior Shanequa Williams (Akron, Ohio) finished first in the 200 in 23.99.  The 4x400 relay of Williams, sophomores Kaila Gardner (Toledo, Ohio) and Olivia Hallstein (Long Island, N.Y.), and junior Erica Hutson (Akron, Ohio) won in 3:49.28, while freshman Danniel Thomas (Shrewsbery, Jamaica) placed first in the shot put at 49'-11.75".
 
On the men's side, senior Kenneth Agee (Shaker Heights, Ohio) and freshman Cody Jones (Canton, Ohio) placed 1-2 in the high jump at 6'-09.00".  Freshman Reggie Jagers (Cleveland, Ohio) won the discus throw at 183'-08", besting runner-up and sophomore teammate Matthias Tayala (McDonald, Ohio) who had 181'-07".
 
Senior Brian Florek (Matawan, N.J.) took top honors in the javelin throw with his 218'-00".
 
Additionally, senior Michael Heller (Stow, Ohio) competed and placed sixth in the 10,000 run in 30:00.38 at the Sam Howell Invitational at Princeton (N.J.) University.
 
Heller (track) and Tayala (field) were selected as the Mid-American Conference Track and Field Athletes of the Week on April 10. 
 
Heller's time at the Sam Howell Invitational was a personal best and is the top conference time this spring.  Tayala placed second in the hammer throw at the Northeast Ohio Quad with a MAC-best 210'-09", which is 14th in the NCAA, in addition to his runner-up effort in the discus throw. 
 
Miami 
OXFORD, Ohio – For the first time during outdoor season, the Miami University women’s track and field team will split up with the majority of the team participating in the All-Ohio Championships, hosted by Ohio University in Athens, while the RedHawks’ top sprinters and hurdlers will head to Knoxville, Tenn. for the Sea Ray Relays. Both meets run Friday and Saturday.
 
Action at Ohio’s Goldsberry Track for the All-Ohio Championships begins Friday at 2 p.m. with the long jump and hammer throw. The javelin is the only other field event Friday at 5 p.m. while the 3000m steeplechase, which features a trio of RedHawks, at 5:45 p.m. is the only track event in which Miami is entered, as no RedHawks will run the 10K at 6:15 p.m. The meet resumes Saturday at noon with the shot put and triple jump while the 4x100m relay at 12:10 p.m. is the first track event. The meet then concludes at 4:40 p.m. with the 4x400m relay.
 
At the University of Tennessee’s Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium, home of the Sea Ray Relays, the first event in which a RedHawk will compete is the 100m hurdles at 1 p.m., which features senior Layne Baggett (Pittsburgh, Pa.). Miami’s final race Friday is the 200m dash at 4:10 p.m., which will see redshirt senior Diona Graves (Fenton, Mo.) run. Graves will also compete in the 100m dash at 1:40 p.m. on Friday while other RedHawks will run in the 400m dash at 2:30 p.m. and the 400m hurdles at 3:20 p.m. On Saturday, Miami will run in the 4x100m relay showcase at 1:40 p.m., which will include Baggett and Graves on the relay team, while the only other race the RedHawks are entered in on Saturday is the 4x400m relay at 4:20 p.m.
 
At the All-Ohio Championships, Miami will face several familiar foes, including Mid-American Conference members Akron, Kent State and the host Bobcats, while local rivals Cincinnati, Dayton and Wright State will also be in attendance. Ohio State will be competing at the meet, as well, on the women’s side, as will several Division II, III and NAIA schools, such as D-II power Ashland.
 
At the Sea Ray Relays, Miami will also see several MAC foes, running against Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. Other teams the RedHawks will compete against include Big Ten foes Purdue and Wisconsin, UConn, East Carolina, Middle Tennessee State, Indiana State, Milwaukee, Eastern Kentucky and the host Volunteers, among many others.

Northern Illinois
DEKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois track & field team treks to Knoxville, Tenn., this weekend to take part in Tennessee’s Sea Ray Relays.

The meet begins Thursday evening with the weight throw. However, the bulk of the meet gets underway Friday at 11 a.m. CT and runs through Saturday afternoon.
 
“We are excited to return to the Sea Ray Relays at the University of Tennessee,” said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. “Our staff is expecting the athletes to continue to focus, execute and compete. If we continue to see these characteristics from the athletes, then we know quality performances will be the end result.”
 
The Huskies are coming off a third place finish at the Chicagoland Championships over the weekend despite dealing with several injuries. Natalie Tarter (heptathlon), Sidra Sherrill (shot put) and Megan Gregory (100 hurdles) all came away with event titles to lead NIU. Additionally, Tarter’s 4,206 points in the heptathlon broke the school record of 4,002 set in 2002 by Amanda Bergman.
 
This weekend, NIU will take on some of the nation’s top programs in the Appalachian foothills. In addition to perennial power and host Tennessee, the Huskies will go up against the likes of Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Purdue, Middle Tennessee State and Indiana State.
 
The Sea Ray Relays also starts the busiest stretch of the outdoor schedule, as the Huskies will have athletes at seven different meets in the next two-plus weeks. For NIU, this flurry of meets will be the best opportunity to earn qualifying times for the MAC Championships and a possible spot in the NCAA West Preliminary Round in late May in Austin, Texas. For Teaberry, though, she sees every meet as a big meet.
 
“Crunch time should be every competition for the athletes,” Teaberry said. “One thing to remember about outdoor track and field is that good weather is not promised. Athletes must capitalize on every moment. If the athletes do not compete every competition with the same heart, drive and desire, they may miss their opportunity to have great performances. When you’re an athlete, no matter the sport or the level, there is no competition that's perceived as an easy one if you are pushing yourself within.”
 
Fans can follow along with the action at UTSports.com and via the Sea Ray Relays iPhone app. There will also be a free live stream of the meet beginning Friday morning.
 
ATHENS, Ohio - A group of 15 in-state teams will make the trek to Athens this weekend to compete at the All-Ohio Championships, hosted by the Ohio University women's track & field team.
 
Men's and women's squads from NCAA Division I, II and NAIA will participate in the two-day event Friday and Saturday at the Goldsberry Track. The Bobcats are hosting the annual meet for the first time since 2010.
 
The participating Division I teams include Ohio State, Cincinnati and Dayton, as well as MAC foes Akron, Kent State and Miami.
 
Action gets underway at 2 p.m. Friday with the men's decathlon and women's long jump, while Saturday events commence at 10 a.m. as the men's decathlon and women's heptathlon continue. The majority of the running events will be held from 12:10 p.m.-4:50 p.m. on Saturday.
 
The Bobcats are coming off a second-place finish at last weekend's Ohio Team Challenge in Athens, where four Ohio student-athletes won individual events.
 
Janiece Rose (Franklinville, N.J.) highlighted the Ohio unit on the field at the event, as the talented sophomore posted a personal-best throw of 13.81m to win the shot put. This weekend, Rose will compete in the shot put as well as the hammer throw.
 
Junior Juli Accurso (Casstown, Ohio) returns to action in the 10,000m Friday night after sitting out last weekend's Ohio Team Challenge. Last time out, Accurso finished 20th in the highly competitive Section 1 of the 10,000m run at the Stanford Invitational by crossing the finish line in 33:52.33. Accurso's time was just two seconds off of the Ohio school record and puts her in strong position to earn an NCAA first round berth in the event this season.
 
In middle distance action, senior Danielle Winningham (Barboursville, W. Va.) will look to impress once again in the 800m run Saturday. Winningham captured the 800m title at the Ohio Team Challenge in a season-best 2:13.24. She will also participate in Ohio's 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays.
 
Live results will be available on both days of competition. 
 
Western Michigan 
KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan track and field takes its annual trip down south to the SeaRay Relays hosted by the University of Tennessee beginning on Thursday afternoon.

 

Thowers Chelsea Gerbers, Andrea Hiler and Stephanie Negrete will be competing on late Thursday afternoon as the lone event is the hammer throw. The action picks up significantly on Friday with nine running events and three more field events.
 
The relays and showcase races dominate Saturday's competition. The Broncos will compete in the 4x100, 4x800, 4x1,500 and 4x400-meter relays. Artia Gunn, Andrea Arnold, Iris Campbell and Lindsey Hufnagel will compete in the 4x100, Aisha Hodge, Rachel Whitley, Cara Cremeans and Jeriesha Tucker will compete in the 4x800, Hufnagel, Campbell, Ariel Arnold and Kathryn Pickett will man the 4x400 squad and the 4x1,500 team is yet to be determined.
 
Destinee Lukianoff, Jordan Anderson, Emily McAnsh and Alex Forsythe will also compete in the showcase distance medley relay. The Broncos will also compete in the long jump and shot put on Saturday.