MAC Announces Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 5/3/2011

Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Terefe Ejigu, Eastern Michigan
Sophomore, Wellington, New Zealand (Wellington College)
Terefe Ejigu out-shined a field of 36 elite athletes at the world famous Penn Relays this weekend to take first place in the 5,000-meter championship run. The second-year runner posted a time of exactly 14:00.00, barely edging out Eastern Kentucky's Soufiane Bouchikhi who ran a 14:00.52. The time was Ejigu's career-best, shaving close to 20 seconds off of his previous best of 14:19.62 from one year ago at Ohio State's Jesse Owens Classic. It also ranked as the fifth-best time at the 5,000-meter distance in EMU history and the 65th-best time at the collegiate level this year.

Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Rob Golabek, Buffalo
Junior, Hamburg, N.Y. (Frontier)
At the Penn Relays, Rob Golabek finished second in the men's shot put championship with a best throw of 62-7.75 (19.08m). The throw was a half-inch shy of the school record Golabek had set earlier this season. Hayden Baillio of Texas won the event at 64-0.25 (19.51m).

Additional Men's Nominees
Daryl Baptiste, Akron
Sophomore, Danbury, Conn. (Danbury)
Daryl Baptiste was one of four event winners for the Zips at the Ashland Alumni Open this past weekend after going 24-00.75 to capture first place in the men's long jump. The sophomore also finished sixth in the triple jump with a mark of 42-08.00.

Andrew Omoregie, Buffalo
Senior, Rochester, N.Y. (Gates Chili)
At the Cornell Big Red Invitational, Andrew Omoregie took the 110-meter hurdles in a season-best 14.24 after qualifying third in the preliminaries in 14.66. The Bulls won four men's events at the meet.

Ross Parsons, Central Michigan
Freshman, DeWitt, Mich. (DeWitt)
Won the 100m (11.08); won the 200m (21.88); ran a leg on the winning 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams.

Alex Rose, Central Michigan
Sophomore, West Branch, Mich. (Ogemaw Heights)
Rose currently holds the MAC's top mark in the discus this season. With his 180-1 toss, Rose qualified for regionals at the Lyle Bennett Open. He is ranked fifth nationally and second in the East region in the discus.

Andrew Meyer, Eastern Michigan
Senior, Minster, Ohio (Minster)
Andrew Meyer had a stellar outing at the Gina Relays, winning the shot put event with his second-best throw of the season: a 53-09.25 foot hurl. In doing so, Meyer beat out 32 other competitors, including athletes from Notre Dame and Bowling Green.

Princeton Bryson, Kent State
Junior, Toledo, Ohio (Bowsher)
Bryson won the men's 200-meter dash by clocking a 21.40 and was also part of the 4x100-meter relay team that placed second with a time of 40.58 and the 4x400-meter relay team that took second with a time of 3:13.18.

Matthew Pfleger, Kent State
Senior, Garrettsville, Ohio (James A. Garfield)
Pfleger won the men's hammer throw with a season-best toss of 208-01 (63.43m) last Saturday (April 30) at the BCS Buster Invitational. He also placed fourth in the men's discus throw with a toss of 151'-01" (46.06m).

Justinn Eddie, Miami
Senior, Cleveland, Ohio (Villa Angela-St. Joseph)
Eddie ran three races Saturday at the RedHawk Invitational, running the 400m dash and both relays. He earned runner-up honors in the 400m dash with a personal-best time of 48.27. His time ranks sixth in the MAC so far this year despite running the event for the first time this season. He was the top collegiate finisher among 16 while former All-American Antione Drakeford won the race, competing unattached. Eddie also anchored Miami's winning 4x400m relay team that finished in a season-best 3:19.25, which is third in the MAC, and anchored the fourth-place 4x100m relay team that clocked 42.50.

Nathan Hoch, Miami
Junior, Logan, Ohio (Logan)
Hoch won the discus among 15 competitors at Miami's own RedHawk Invitational Saturday with a personal-best heave of 51.50m/168-11, which ranks him ninth in school history. His throw was over a foot and a half better than anyone else in the competition. Hoch's mark ranks fifth in the MAC so far this year, 41st in the East Region and 92nd nationally.

Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Diona Graves, Miami
Junior, Fenton, Mo. (Kirkwood)
Graves had a stellar meet at the Gina Relays Friday and Saturday hosted by Hillsdale College. Saturday, she broke the school record in the 100m dash, clocking 11.68 seconds to win the race while besting Miami's record of 11.73 set in 2008. Her time is also the fastest in the MAC so far this year by .15 of a second and ranks 48th in the East Region. She won her race by .13 of a second while improving her time by a quarter of a second. Friday, she also captured first place in the long jump with a personal-best leap of 5.86m/19-2.75, which ranks her third in school history and third in the MAC so far this year despite competing in the event for the first time as a RedHawk. She won by over five inches while her mark ties for 67th in the East Region. In addition on Saturday, Graves placed fifth out of 71 in the 200m dash in 24.55 and ran the anchor leg on Miami's runner-up 4x100m relay team that clocked 47.34, finishing ahead of MAC foes Toledo and Ohio.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Diana Dumitrescu, Kent State
Junior, Campulung Arges, Romania (LNPA Cumpulung Muscel)
Dumitrescu won the women's triple jump with a career-best leap of 40'-07.50" (12.38m) last Saturday (April 30) at the BCS Buster Invitational, which ranks as the fifth-best in school history and currently leads the conference and ranks 73rd in the nation. She also won the women's high jump with a leap of 5'-06.50" (1.69m) and took second in the long jump with a leap of 19'-01.50" (5.83m).

Additional Women's Nominees
Cassie Schenck, Akron
Senior, Mantua, Ohio (Crestwood)
Schenck clocked the fastest women's steeplechase time in school history, shattering her own mark by nearly 10 seconds, at the 117th Penn Relays Carnival at historic Franklin Field in front of 22,750 fans late Thursday night. Schenck crossed the line in 10:22.17 to place sixth overall in the event's championship section to smash her previous best of 10:31.69, set earlier this month at the Duke Invitational. Her mark is tops in the Mid-American Conference and is ranked 27th in the nation.

Rebecca Lomax, Ball State
Freshman, Indianapolis, Ind. (Southport)
Freshman Rebecca Lomax (Indianapolis, Ind./Southport H.S.) turned in a season-best effort of 5-7 (1.70m) to place third in the high jump at the Stan Lyons Invitational, while earning 10th in the 100m dash with a clocking of 12.63. She was also a member of the third-place 4x100 relay which turned in a time of 47.67.

Janae Taylor, Ball State
RS Sophomore, Richmond, Ind. (Richmond)
Redshirt sophomore Janae Taylor (Richmond, Ind./Richmond H.S.) was BSU's top performer at the Stan Lyons Invitational , racking up a pair of runner-up efforts. She posted a season-best time of 24.96 to place second in the 200m dash, while crossing the finish line in 12.40 to take second in the 100m dash. She was also a member of the 4x100 relay which placed third with a time of 47.67.

Heather Conger, Bowling Green
Senior, South Euclid, Ohio (Charles F. Brush)
Falcon senior Heather Conger ran the anchor leg on two record-setting relays at the 102nd Drake Relays last weekend. On Thursday, Conger crossed the finish line at the 20:31.38 mark to set a new BGSU record in the 4x1600 meter relay. Then, on Saturday, she ran the final 800 meters in the 1600 meter sprint medley relay. Conger set a personal-best time of 2:10.70 and led the Falcons to a school-record 3:57.85 in the event. Conger also raced in the DMR and 4x800 relays at Drake.

Becky O'Brien, Buffalo
Junior, Cumberland, Maine (Greely)
Becky O'Brien won the women's discus and finished second in the shot put at the Penn Relays.O'Brien claimed her first Penn Relays title with her victory in the discus. with a winning throw of 173-1 (52.77m) to take the event by two and a half feet over Minnesota's Nicole Tzanakis (170-7, 52.01m). O'Brien's throw was just two inches shy of the UB school record she set earlier this season. O'Brien finished second in the championship division of the women's shot put with a season-best throw of 54-1.75 (16.50m) to finish behind Faith Sherrill of Indiana (57-10.50, 17.64m).

Mykal Imbrock, Central Michigan
Senior, Halmer, Ohio (Patrick Henry)
Imbrock currently holds the fifth-best mark in the MAC this season. She is CMU's school record holder in the hammer throw. Her 181-11 toss qualified her for regionals.

Maddie Ribant, Central Michigan
Sophomore, Flushing, Mich. (Flushing)
Ribant broke CMU's school record in the 3000m steeplechase by over 15 seconds. She finished runner-up because of a fall with three barriers left in the race.

Jessica Hemingway, Eastern Michigan
Senior, Wixom, Mich. (Walled Lake Western)
Jessica Hemingway tied for the second-best performance of her career in clearing a height of 13-07.25 in the Pole Vault at the Penn Relays this past weekend. Competing with world-class athletes, Hemingway finished only behind athletes from Indiana and Arkansas en route to a fourth-place finish.

Asia Rawls, Eastern Michigan
Sophomore, Waterford, Mich. (Waterford Mott)
Asia Ralws ran the ninth-best time in school history on the opening day of the Penn Relays as the sophomore sprinter started the day with a fourth in her heat of the 400-meter hurdle championship (and 18th overall) in a field of 55 runners. Her time of 1:00.55 was a career-best in the event. To finish the Penn meet, Rawls aided in her team's third-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:39.76. It was also the ninth-best time in school history as Rawls ran the second leg of the race. In the sprint medley relay, Rawls ran the 400-meter distance as the team placed eighth.

Andreea Patrasc, Kent State
Junior, Bacau, Romania (LPS Bacau)
Patrasc won the women's 400-meter hurdles by clocking a 1:00.95 last Saturday (April 30) at the BCS Buster Invitational. She was also part of the 4x400-meter relay team that placed second with a time of 3:44.61.

Hope Alexander, Miami
Senior, Wilmington, Del. (Tower Hill)
Alexander finished second out of 29 in the triple jump at the Gina Relays, hosted by Hillsdale College Saturday, with a season-best leap of 12.08m/39-7.75. Her mark ranks third in the MAC so far this year and ties for 80th in the East Region. She was the top collegiate finisher as the winner was unattached while finishing over a foot ahead of third place and beating out athletes from Toledo and Ohio.

Annie Beecham, Ohio
Senior, Granville, Ohio (Granville)
She was the only runner to eclipse the 10 minute mark as she won the 3k at the Hillsdale College Gina Relays this past weekend. It was the first time she had run the 3k this spring, after winning the 5k on two separate occasions.

Emma Kertesz, Toledo
Sophomore, Toledo, Ohio (Central Catholic)
Kertesz raced to a third-place finish in the invite heat of the 3000m steeplechase, crossing in 10:35.80 and vaulting to fourth on UT's all-time outdoor list on Friday in Hillsdale. Kertesz again had a strong performance on Saturday, leading a 2-3-4 Rocket finish in the 1500m race. Kertesz was the runner-up at 4:38.25, moving to 12th on the UT all-time list.

Emily Nadolny, Toledo
Senior, Toledo, Ohio
Nadolny once again broke her own school record in the hammer throw, tossing a distance of 170-10 to finish second in Friday's event in Hillsdale. Nadolny also competed at the RedHawk Invitational in Oxford, OH on Saturday. She moved to second on UT's all-time list with a third-place, 153-02 heave in the discus throw, and added a second-place finish in the hammer throw (168-00).

Iris Campbell, Western Michigan
Sophomore, Emmett, Mich. (Yale)
Campbell won her heat in the 400m hurdles and finished sixth overall with a time of 59.19. It was the third time this year she had set a new personal-best time in the event and again holds the MAC's fastest time. She also ran a 200m leg in the 1,600m sprint medley relay to help the team place eighth with a time of 4:59.49.