MAC Announces Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 5/13/2010
Men's Field Athlete of the Week
James Eric, Kent State, Sr., Beavercreek, Ohio/Beavercreek

Senior James Eric took the hammer throw title at the Campbell-Wright Open in very windy, wet and cold conditions in Akron, Ohio Saturday with a distance of 201'-00" He is still ranked second in the conference behind Matthew Pfleger. The duo has combined to be the only one in the conference who have eclipsed the 200' mark in the hammer. His distance earlier in the season of 206'-5" is the 17th-best in the NCAA East Region and ranks 29th in the country.

Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Kevin Lanier, Eastern Michigan, So., White Lake, Mich. / Lakeland High School

Kevin Lanier sprinted to a win in the 400-meter hurdles and a second place finish in the 110-meter hurdles this weekend, as the Eastern Michigan University men's track and field team took a short trip down the road to Ann Arbor for a final tune-up before next weekends Mid-American Conference Championship. Lanier's 110-meter hurdle time was the third-best in the MAC this year, while his time in the 400-hurdles ranked in the top-10 fastest.

Women's Track Athlete of the Week
ReJeana Marigna, Eastern Michigan, So., Beverly, N.J. / Burlington County Institute of Technology

ReJeana Marigna had a stellar race as she posted a Mid-American Conference season-best time of 11.50 in the 100-meter dash. The mark was not only a MAC best this year, but Marigna also ran a personal best time. She followed it up by performing as the second leg in the 4x100-meter race in which the Eagles also won. After falling behind by a slim margin after the lead-off leg, Marigna regained the squads composure and handed the baton off to the third leg with a slim lead before the Eagles would go on to victory.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Brenda Baar, Kent State, Sr., Hulversum, Netherlands

Senior Brenda Baar, in only two attempts, recorded the longest distance in the MAC this season by more than four inches in the triple jump at 42'-0.75" (12.82 meters). The mark is also the 12th-best in the NCAA East Region and ranks 25th in the nation. It is the second-best distance in school history and the best triple jump mark in the MAC since the 2006-07 season.


Additional Nominees for Men's Athlete of the Week
Shaun Brummert, Buffalo, Jr., Oakfield, NY/Oakfield-Alabama

At the Campbell/Wright Open in Akron, Brummert won the men's 800-meters by three-tenths of a second over Akron's Willie Brown.


Matt Gac, Buffalo, Jr., Newark Valley, NY/Newark Valley
Gac placed third in both the discus and hammer throws at the Campbell/Wright Open in Akron.

Josh Kettlewell, Central Michigan, So., Croswell, Mich./Cros-Lex
Josh Kettlewell had a career-day at the Len Paddock Invitational over the weekend. Kettlewell cleared a career-best 16-6 3/4 in the pole vault to win the event in Ann Arbor, Mich. His career-best height is the sixth best in the MAC.

Michael Heller, Kent State, Fr., Stow, Ohio/Stow
In absolutely horrible conditions this weekend with the wind, rain and cold Saturday afternoon at the Campbell-Wright Open in Akron, Ohio, Heller was able to overtake all runners near the end of the race to take first in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:06.18.

John Gausmann, Miami, Jr., Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central
ausmann won the discus Friday at the Billy Hayes Invitational, hosted by Indiana, with a personal-best heave of 172-7/52.61m, as he won the event by a whole foot and improved his previous best throw by over eight feet. The throw ranks him seventh all-time at Miami and fifth in the MAC this season. The toss also ranks 80th nationally and puts him in contention to qualify for the NCAA East Preliminary Round. He competed against a field of 35, which included throwers from Indiana, Ohio State, Illinois State, Indiana State, DePaul and Eastern Illinois among others. Gausmann also placed 18th in the hammer throw with a season-best toss of 159-0/48.47m.

Additional Nominees for Women's Athlete of the Week
Mykal Imbrock, Central Michigan, Jr., Hamler, Ohio/Patrick Henry

Mykal Imbrock continued her recent surge up the leader board in the hammer throw. The junior set a personal best for the third-straight week with a toss of 183-2. Imbrock finished runner-up in the event at the Len Paddock Invitational and her throw currently ranks fifth in the league.

Sabrina Forstein, Bowling Green, Sr., Geneva, Ohio / Geneva
Sabrina Forstein, a senior from Geneva, Ohio, set a season-best mark of 11-09.75 in the pole vault at the first annual Toledo Tune-Up on Friday. This mark earned Forstein a win in the event, as she vaulted six inches higher than any of her competition. The win was the fourth for Forstein in the pole vault during the 2010 outdoor season and the seventh for the 2010 season as a whole.

Ashley Fischer, Bowling Green, So., Fremont, Ohio / Fremont Ross
Ashley Fischer, a sophomore from Fremont, Ohio, set a career record of 4:45.62 in the 1500 meters on Friday at the first annual Toledo Tune-Up. Fischer's time earned a third place finish in the event.

Andreea Patrasc, Kent State, So., Bacau, Romania/LPS Bacau
This past weekend at the Sooner Open in Norman, Okla., Patrasc broke her own personal best by more than 0.4 seconds in the 400 meter hurdles, winning the event in 59.58 and setting a new Sooner Open record. It is the best time in the MAC this season by more than 1.5 seconds and also ranks 35th in the NCAA East Region and 50th in the country.

Katie Lenahan, Miami, Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy Track
Lenahan had a strong showing at the Billy Hayes Invitational, hosted by Indiana Friday, as she placed fifth in the 800m run in a personal-best time of 2:08.69. Her time is the top time in the MAC in the event this year by a whole second and is the ninth-fastest time ever clocked by a RedHawk. She finished behind three Hoosiers and a runner from Eastern Illinois in the 37-person race. Her time also ranks 80th nationally and puts her in contention to qualify for the NCAA East Preliminary Round.

Kristi Sturges, Ohio, Sr., Parma, Ohio / Normandy
Kristi had a great day for the Bobcats at the 2010 Ohio Open in Athens, placing third in the triple jump and first overall in the 100 meter dash.

Emily Amendola, Ohio, Beach City, Ohio / Fairless
Emily had a terrific day at the 2010 Ohio Open in Athens on Saturday, taking first place in the hammer throw, second in the shot put and third in the discus. She is proving time and again to be a very consistent member of an already strong Ohio throws squad.

Amanda Kaverman, Toledo, Jr., Sylvania, OH/Southview
Amanda Kaverman equaled two-time All-American Shantel Ransom's 20-year school record in 100 meter dash, crossing the line in a time of 11.57 on Saturday at the Len Paddock Invitational in Ann Arbor. Kaverman's time was an NCAA qualifying mark, the second-fastest in the MAC this spring and the tenth-fastest in conference history. The junior also finished second in the event.

Yuhong Fu, Toledo, Fr., Beijing, China
Yuhong Fu won the triple jump at the Toledo Tune-Up on Friday, hitting a distance of 38-10.50. It's the eighth best jump in the MAC this year and ninth on UT's all-time list.

Iris Campbell, Western Michigan, Fr., Emmett, Mich./Yale
In her final meet before the MAC Championship Campbell turned in two first place finishes and two season-best performances at the Toledo Tune-Up. Campbell took first in the 400 meter dash with a time of 56.39 and later took first in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 14.39. Her time in the 100 meter hurdles was .17 seconds faster than her previous season's best.

Irene Cooper, Western Michigan, Sr., Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Lahser
Cooper took first place in both the hammer throw and the shot put at the Toledo Tune-Up. She improved her season-best distance in the weight throw at 186 feet, 11 inches to rank her third in the MAC and bump up her NCAA East Regional ranking to 22nd. Cooper's distance of 47 feet, 10 inches in the shot put was the second time she has throw over 47 feet this season.