MAC Announces Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 1/14/2014

Men's Track Athlete of the Week

Kyle Cochrun, The University of Akron, Junior
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Woodridge HS)
Meet Name: Akron Opener
Event: Mile
Finish in Event: 1st
Finishing Time: 4:10.44

Junior Kyle Cochrun shaved more than five full seconds off his previous personal best while cruising to an easy win in the men's mile at the Akron Opener Friday night at Stile Athletics Field House. With a time of 4:10.44, Cochrun posted the top mark in the MAC to date and the fifth-fastest time recorded in the country.

 

Women's Track Athlete of the Week

Victoria Voronko, Eastern Michigan University, Junior
Stavropol, Russia (School #42)
Meet Name: EMU Triangular
Finish in Event: 1st, 1st , 1st
Finishing Time: 4:47.12 (mile), 2:12.77 (800m), 4:00.51 (4x400m)
 
Eastern Michigan University junior track athlete Victoria Voronko set her standards high in her first appearance of the 2013-14 season for the Green and White. The Stavropol, Russia native set personal records in the mile run and the 800m run in EMU’s victory over Detroit Mercy and Oakland at the EMU Triangular, Jan. 10. The Green and White ended the meet with 119 points, followed by Detroit (82) and Oakland (31). Voronko set the winning pace in the mile after finishing in 4:47.12 and was the only competitor to finish under the five-minute mark, crossing the finish line 15 seconds before the runner-up from Detroit. She then bested her time in the 800m, finishing with a 2:12.77 mark, nearly seven seconds before the second-place runner. To wrap up the meet, Voronko powered through the anchor leg of the 4x400m relay to give EMU another victory as the team combined for a time of 4:00.51.

 

Men's Field Athlete of the Week

Shawn Barber, The University of Akron, Sophomore
Kingwood, Texas (Kingwood Park HS)
Meet Name: Akron Opener
Event: Pole Vault
Finish in Event: 1st
Finishing Mark: 18-01.75
 
Sophomore Shawn Barber, who is the Canadian pole vault record holder, picked up where he left off last spring in recording a huge jump in his first collegiate meet of 2014. Barber soared to the event win with a mark of 18-01.75, which stands as the second-best vault in the country to date. It was also 10 inches better than any other competitor on the day.

 

Women's Field Athlete of the Week

Brittany Funk, The University of Akron, Junior
Jeromesville, Ohio (Hillsdale HS)
Meet Name: Akron Opener
Event: Weight Throw
Finish in Event: 1st
Finishing Mark: 68-07.00
 
Junior Brittany Funk came out swinging in her first collegiate meet of 2014 with a winning mark of 68-07.00 in the weight throw at the Akron Opener last weekend. With her winning throw, Funk, who was an All-America First Team honoree in the hammer last season, enters the week ranked No. 1 in the MAC and No. 2 in the country.

 

Other Nominees

Cameron Bolton, Eastern Michigan University, Junior

EMU junior Cameron Bolton’s performance in Jan. 10’s EMU Triangular resulted in two MAC Championship qualifying times in the opening meet of the 2013-14 season. His wins also helped boost the Green and White to a 155-point victory over in-state rivals Detroit Mercy (69) and Oakland (42). Bolton first set a personal record in the 60m dash, winning the event in 6.86 seconds. He followed it up with a 21.66 second victory in the 200m dash.

Max Babits, Eastern Michigan University, Senior

The Eastern Michigan University senior broke his own previously-held EMU record in the indoor pole vault in EMU’s matchup against in-state rivals Detroit Mercy and Oakland at the EMU Triangular, Jan. 10. The Eagles had a strong lead throughout the meet after Babits gave the Green and White one of its first victories, as the squad won with 155 points over Detroit (69) and Oakland (42). The Fowlerville, Mich. native cleared a height of 5.41-meters/17-feet 9-inches to crush the record previously set at 5.33-meters/17-feet 5.25-inches at the 2013 MAC Indoor Championships, Feb. 23, 2013.

Natalie Zidd, The University of Akron, Sophomore

Sophomore Natalie Zidd picked up a challenging double win at the Akron Opener last Friday at Stile Athletics Field House. The Hinkley, Ohio native first kicked off her big night by winning the women's mile by nearly seven full seconds – crossing the finish line in 5:11.17, then breezed to a four-second win in the 800-meters with a time of 2:13.11. Her winning 800m time is the second-fastest mark in the MAC this season and the 14th-best in the country.

Alicia Arnold, Bowling Green, Sophomore

Alicia Arnold dominated the field in the 200 at the BG Opener, winning by almost a full half-second and posting one of the 20 fastest times in the country in the event this year. Arnold ran the 200 in 24.80 seconds, converted to 24.42, for a time that is more than three-tenths of a second faster than any other runner in the MAC this year. She surpassed the MAC automatic qualifying time and ranks 17th nationally. Arnold is the third-fastest BGSU Falcon in the event in program history.

Courtney Edon, Ball State, Junior

Courtney Edon turned in the league’s top 5000m run time so far this season with her first-place effort of 18:29.52 at the BG Opener, which also included Bowling Green, Toledo, Western Michigan and IPFW … Later in the day, Edon would also compete in the 3000m run, placing ninth overall with a time of 10:41.42 … Of the eight runners who competed in both of the meet’s longest events (5000m & 3000m run), Edon was the top finisher from the group in the 3000m run, and was less than 15 seconds shy of winning the event.

Megan Wright, University of Toledo, Junior

Megan Wright finished first in the one mile run at the BG Opener on Saturday, Jan. 11 with a time of 4:55.33. The time set a personal best for Wright in addition to hitting a Mid-American Conference auto qualifying time, helping the Rockets finish third in the meet.

Aisha Hodge, Western Michigan, Senior

Hodge racked up 16 points in WMU’s win at the BG Opener after taking first in the 800 meter run for the second straight week and taking fourth in the mile run. Hodge ran a solid 800 time of 2:16.93, nearly three seconds faster than the second place finisher at 2:19.15, and then took five seconds off of her previous personal best in the mile run at 5:01.37. While she finished fourth overall she was the third-place scorer in the mile.

Christina Crawford, Ball State, Sophomore

Opened the meet strong for Ball State, capturing the team’s first of four event victories with a career-best leap of 18’-10” (5.74) in long jump … Would add a third-place finish in the 60m dash with another career-best effort of 7.88 in the finals … led the Cardinals by scoring 16 of the team’s 111 points on the day … closed out the meet with a time of 27.23 to place 14th in the 200m dash.

Tina Perrine, Bowling Green, Senior

Senior Tina Perrine won the weight throw with a toss of 55-feet-2.25 at the BG Opener, almost three inches further than any other competitor at the meet. She edged out a pair of MAC opponents to win the championship. Perrine currently ranks just outside the top 50 in the country in the event with a throw of 56-5.25 earlier in the season.

Makeda DeBardelaben, Eastern Michigan University, Sophomore

Sophomore Makeda DeBardelaben took home victories in two field events for the EMU women’s track and field team in its 119-point victory over in-state rivals Detroit Mercy (82) and Oakland (31), Jan. 10. The Saginaw, Mich. native set a personal record in the long jump, leaping 5.70-meters/18-feet 8.50-inches and then bounded 11.42-meters/37-feet 5.75-inches in the triple jump.

Joh'vonnie Mosley, Kent State University, Senior

Senior Joh’vonnie Mosley took first in both the Shot Put and Weight Throw in Saturday’s Doug Raymond Invitational at the Kent State Field House. Mosley set two new indoor lifetime personal records in both events, with a throw of 58’ 6.00” in the weight throw and 54’ 2.00” in the shot put. Joh’vonnie’s 54’ 2.00” ranks first in the MAC in shot put and fourth in the NCAA. Mosley is fourth in the MAC in weight throw with her most recent mark of 58’ 6.00”.

Andrea Hiler, Western Michigan, Senior

Hiler racked up 18 points in WMU’s win over Bowling Green, Ball State, Toledo and IPFW at the BG Opener. She took first in the shot put with a personal-best distance of 15.08m (49-5.75) and then took second place in the weight throw with a distance of 16.75m (54-11.50). It was the second straight week that the senior thrower won the shot put.

Donyelle Brown, Ohio University, Junior

Brown earned a pair of top-10 finishes to lead Ohio at the Buckeye Classic on Friday. The Reynoldsburg, Ohio, native placed fourth in the weight throw with a personal-best throw of 17.23m. The mark was more than a meter further than her previous top throw and just .16m away from a MAC qualifying mark. Brown also placed sixth in the shot put with a mark of 12.41m mark.