Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communication Departments
EUGENE, Ore. – The University of Akron track and field program annointed its third First Team All-American in the last two days as sophomore Alexis Cooks took sixth place in the women's discus at the NCAA Championships Thursday.
In doing so, Cooks, a two-time Mid-American American Conference Champion and the school's record holder, notched a top throw of 181-01, which was the second-best toss in Zips history. Her big mark came on her first attempt of the final round.
In just her second collegiate season, Cooks now owns each of the top four all-time marks in the women's discus at Akron. Arizona State's Anna Jelmini won the event with a throw of 190-01.
The top eight finishers in each event earn All-America First Team honors from the U.S. Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association of America (USTFCCCA).
Also competing Thursday was Alex McCune, who finished 19th in the men's decathlon with a two-day total of 7,301 points. McCune, who began the day in 20th place, received a big boost in the pole vault by finishing third overall with a clearance of 16-04.75. In all, it was the first trip to the NCAA Championships for the sophomore and two-time MAC Champion.
Another Akron sophomore, Claire Lucas will be the final Zips athlete to compete at the NCAA Championships Friday at 6:15 p.m ET. Follow @ZipsTFCC on Twitter for live updates throughout the day.
EUGENE, Ore. (EMUEagles.com) - Eastern Michigan University sophomore Victoria Voronko (Stavropol, Russia-University of Moscow) served as the lone representative for the EMU women's track and field team at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship in Eugene, Ore., June 6. Voronko officially ended the season for the Eagles, running in the semifinals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Not only was Voronko representing the Green and White, she was also the lone Mid-American Conference athlete competing in the race.
After breaking the EMU record at the NCAA East Regional to qualify for the national championship, Voronko placed 21st in the event with a time of 10:30.50, missing the top-12 that would have qualified her for the finals. However, the EMU distance runner ends a stellar sophomore season with a bright future ahead.
Voronko broke her own school record in the steeplechase three times throughout the season. The Stavropol, Russia native also won her first MAC championship in the event, May 10. Throughout both the indoor and outdoor seasons, Voronko was named MAC Track Athlete of the Week three times as well as MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week on two separate occasions, the most any conference athlete can win.
Colorado's Emma Coburn paced the pack with a 9:46.76 to take the fastest time of the 12 qualifying athletes into the finals.
EUGENE, Ore. – Kent State freshman Danniel Thomas(Shrewsbury, Jamaica) earned First Team All-American honors today (June 6) with an eighth-place finish in the women's discus throw on the second day of competition at the 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Oregon's historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Thomas became Kent State's first women's outdoor discus All-American since 2000 and 24th women's outdoor All-American overall with a personal-best throw of 179 feet, 9 inches.
"Danniel did a great job," said Bill Lawson, Kent State's director of track and field and cross country. "We're so proud of her to step on the biggest stage and have a lifetime best throw."
The top eight finishers in each event in Eugene earn First Team All-American honors, with places nine through 16 garnering Second Team accolades. Each event is composed of the top 24 student-athletes/relay teams in the country.
Thomas, the Mid-American Conference discus runner-up at 172-8, qualified for nationals with an eighth-place effort of 166-0 May 23-25 at the NCAA Division I East Preliminaries in Greensboro, N.C. The qualifying mark was impressive considering Thomas fouled on her first two attempts with only the top 12 competitors advancing to Eugene.
"To be an All-American as a freshman is outstanding," said Lawson. "Danniel is young, but handled the pressure and did an amazing job."
Thomas will seek her second All-American medal at 1 p.m. (PST) Saturday, June 8, when she competes in the women's shot put trials/finals.
Sophomore Matthias Tayala (McDonald, Ohio), the MAC hammer throw champ at 215-6, qualified for Eugene in that event and placed 22nd with a toss of 197-8. Tayala had placed 11th at the East Prelims at 204-9 to advance to nationals.
"We're proud of Matthias for getting here," said Lawson. "That's no easy task. We're talking about competing against the best in the country. We'll just go back to work with Matthias and get back after it next year."
Kent State returns to action at 3:25 p.m. (PST) Friday, June 7, with freshman Dior Delophont (Nancy, France) competing in the women's triple jump trials/finals. Delophont, who also qualified for the high jump trials/finals at 12:45 p.m. (PST) Saturday, June 8, was an All-American in both the triple jump and high jump during the indoor season.
The Golden Flashes will also have freshman Reggie Jagers (Solon, Ohio) competing at 4 p.m. (PST) Friday, June 7, in the men's discus trials/finals.