Three From Zips Track Head to US Junior Nationals

Updated 6/20/2008

 

Story courtesy of University of Akron athletic media relations 

 

AKRON ? The members of the University of Akron track & field team ? Collister Fahie (Akron/Firestone HS), Mike Uhle (Powell/Olentengy Liberty HS) and Kim Lorentz (Mayfield/Mayfield HS) ? will be participating at the 2008 USA Junior Outdoor Championships, held June 20-22 in Columbus at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

 

For complete information, including schedule and results, visit the official website at:

http://www.usatf.org/events/2008/USAJuniorOutdoorTFChampionships/

 

Fahie just completed his freshman season with the Zips. He placed third in the Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships in the long jump and was sixth in the event at the MAC Outdoors. Fahie qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regional Championship, thanks to his season-best leap of 24-5.75 at OSU’s Jesse Owens Classic. That effort additionally ranks as the third-best long jump in UA history.

 

Uhle, who also just completed his freshman season at UA, claimed the MAC indoor and outdoor pole vault tiles. He cleared 17-0.75 to win the indoor championship and 16-10.75 for the outdoor title. Uhle’s MAC Outdoor performance qualified him for the NCAA Mideast Regional and is third on the UA all-time list.

 

Lorentz capped an impressive freshman campaign at Akron by winning the 2008 MAC Outdoor title in the 5,000 meters, the event she will compete in at the Junior Nationals. She also earned All-MAC honors in cross country with a 13th-place finish, adding a second-place finish in the 10,000 at the MAC Outdoor Championships. Lorentz was additionally the Zips’ top finisher at the 2008 NCAA Great Lakes Cross Country Regional Championship. At the NCAA Mideast Regional, she placed 11th in the 5,000 with a season-best time of 16:59.72. She ended the 2008 outdoor season ranked among the UA all-time top five in both the 5k and 10k.

 

The performances of both Fahie and Uhle helped the Zips place a program-best second at the 2008 MAC Indoor Championships and win the program’s first title at the 2008 MAC Outdoors. Lorentz was part of the 2008 MAC Indoor and Outdoor championship teams. Akron made history, becoming the first women’s program in league history to win four straight indoor titles and scoring a league-best 208.5 points at the 2008 outdoor meet.