Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Scott Meyers, Akron
Senior, Xenia, Ohio (Beavercreek)
Scott Meyers won the 10,000-meter run, finishing in 31:00.74, to help lead The University of Akron men's track and field team to a first-place finish at the All-Ohio Championships last weekend in Cincinnati. Meyer, whose winning mark represents the top time posted in the league, was one of seven Zips on the men's side to capture an event crown at the meet.
Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Ryan McCullough, Central Michigan
Junior, Cadillac, Mich. (Cadillac)
McCullough broke the CMU school record in the hammer throw with his mark of 202-5 at the John Jacobs Invitational. His mark was nearly two feet better than the previous record and 10 feet better than his previous career best. The 202-5 mark ranks second in the MAC this season. McCullough also competed in the discus at the John Jacobs Invite, placing fifth with a career-best mark of 169-3, the fourth-best mark in the MAC in 2011.
Additional Men's Nominees
Mike McCall, Akron
Senior, Richfield, Ohio (Revere)
McCall matched his MAC-leading mark in the high jump to propel The University of Akron men's track and field team to a first-place finish at the All-Ohio Outdoor Championships in Cincinnati last weekend. With a clearance of 6-10.75, McCall was one of seven event winners at the meet as the Zips' men cruised to the victory among the 12-team field.
Rob Golabek, Buffalo
Junior, Hamburg, N.Y. (Frontier)
At the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic, Rob Golabek was an easy winner in the men's shot put. Golabek, who holds the nation's best shot put, posted the top throw in each round of the competition as he finished at 60-2 (18.34m). The throw was nearly eight feet better than Pitt's Garrett Larkin as he finished second at 52-3.25 (15.93m). Golabek has now won the shot put in his last four meets.
Steve Houghmaster, Buffalo
Freshman, Camillus, N.Y. (West Genesee)
At the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic, Houghmaster made his collegiate debut in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase finishing in 9:21.80, the fastest time ever for a UB freshman in the event.
Greg Knaus, Central Michigan
Sophomore, St. John's, Mich. (St. John's)
Knaus won the 100m at the Northwood Invitational with a time of 10.72, a season-best time for the sophomore.
Brycen Spratling, Eastern Michigan
Freshman, Webster, N.Y. (Schroeder)
Brycen Spratling was an all-around competitor for the Eagles this past weekend, having run in three races for the Green and White. Spratling, finishing ninth in the 400-meter run, ran the fastest time this year in the MAC while facing competition from several top-25 nationally ranked teams. He also ran the final leg in the 4x100-meter relay, which the team finished in fourth place, helping set a new conference-best time in the event with a time of 40.96. Spratling's 200-meter time was also a very respectable 21.86, the fourth-fastest time in the conference and his second-fastest time collegiality.
Kenneth Agee, Kent State
Sophomore, Shaker Heights, Ohio (Shaker Heights)
Agee took third place in the men's high jump at the Sea Ray Relays last weekend (April 14-16) in Knoxville, Tenn., with a season-best leap of 6'-10.75" (2.10m).
Brandon Bailey, Kent State
Sophomore, Verona, Pa. (Penn Hills)
Bailey placed fourth in the men's 400-meter dash at the Sea Ray Relays last weekend (April 14-16) in Knoxville, Tenn., by clocking a career-best 47.38. He also helped the men's 4x400-meter relay team take fourth with a time of 3:14.75.
Robbie Fisher, Miami
Senior, Grosse Pointe, Mich. (Grosse Pointe North)
Fisher won the 3000m steeplechase Friday at the All-Ohio Championships to earn 10 points for Miami, helping them to a runner-up team finish. He clocked a time of 9:16.36 to take first, winning by nearly four seconds in the 22-man race, which included five other MAC athletes from Akron, Ohio and Bowling Green.
Jordan Goffena, Miami
Junior, Sidney, Ohio (Sidney)
Goffena recorded a personal best in the decathlon Wednesday and Thursday at the Sea Ray Relays, hosted by the University of Tennessee. He posted a score of 6,747 points, improving his previous best by nearly 200 points, while his mark is tops in the MAC so far this year and ranks 49th nationally. He finished fifth out of 14, going against some of the top athletes in the country, including four from the University of Georgia. During the decathlon, Goffena also set personal bests in the 400m dash (50.46) and 110m hurdles (14.70), winning the 110m hurdles segment of the decathlon, while his time in the 110m hurdles ranks fifth in the MAC.
Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Rachel Patterson, Miami
RS Junior, Rochester, Mich. (Adams)
Patterson broke the school record in the 5000m run Friday night at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., clocking a time of 16:14.45, topping her previous best time by nearly 20 seconds while besting Molly Cullen's school-record time of 16:15.97 that had stood since 1992. Patterson's time is by far tops in the MAC and ranks 27th nationally this year despite running the event for the first time this season. She finished fifth out of 37 runners in her 5K race and fourth among collegiate competitors while running against the top athletes in the country (the second through 12th best 5K times of the year were clocked at the Mt. SAC Relays this weekend).
Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Jessica Hemingway, Eastern Michigan
Senior, Wixom, Mich. (Walled Lake Western)
Competing among more than 14,000 elite athletes at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. over the weekend, senior co-captain Jessica Hemingway broke an Eastern Michigan University school record by clearing a height of 13-11.25 in the pole vault. The height currently stands as the eighth-best in the nation this year. It's also tied for the best pole vault by a Mid-American Conference athlete since 2004 when an Akron athlete cleared 14-00.00. Hemingway broke the school indoor record earlier this year at the Silverston Invitational at University of Michigan by clearing a height of 13-07.25 in the pole vault.
Additional Women's Nominees
Cassie Schenck, Akron
Senior, Mantua, Ohio (Crestwood)
Schenck finished first in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:31.61 to pace The University of Akron women's track and field team last weekend at the All-Ohio Championships in Cincinnati. Schenck's time is the third-fastest reported mark in the MAC and represents a personal record.
Valerie Wert, Akron
Senior, Lexington, Ohio (Lexington)
Wert scored in two events, winning the discus and finishing third in the hammer throw, to help fuel The University of Akron women's track and field team at the All-Ohio Championships last weekend. The senior went 157-01 to win the discus and then posted a mark of 184-03 in the hammer.
Jeanette Pettigrew, Bowling Green
Sophomore, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy)
Jeanette Pettigrew competed in four events on the second day of the 2011 All-Ohio Championships and scored in each. Pettigrew set a personal record time of 0:24.82 in the 200 meter dash, as she finished fifth. She produced her best finish of the day in the 100 meter dash, earning third place after crossing the finish line in 0:12.01. Pettigrew also raced in both of the day's relays, helping the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams to fifth-place finishes.
Jessie Rowland, Bowling Green
Sophomore, Germantown, Ohio (Valley View)
Jessie Rowland scored 18 of BGSU's 72 points at the All-Ohio Championships as the Falcons placed fifth overall. Rowland won the javelin throw competition with a mark of 130-10 and placed second in the hammer throw with a toss that traveled 189-03. Both are personal best marks, and the hammer throw distance ranks 16th overall in the NCAA's East Region. Rowland is currently the only athlete in the East Region than ranks in the top 100 for each of the four throwing events.
Ellen Muster, Buffalo
Junior, Marion, N.Y. (Marion)
At the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic, Muster ran the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase for the first time this season, finishing 10th among 31 entrants in 11:03.40. The time was also a school record and just two seconds off her personal best.
Becky O'Brien, Buffalo
Junior, Cumberland, Maine (Greely)
At the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic, Becky O'Brien set the Bucknell facility record in winning the women's discus on Friday taking the event with a top throw of 169-3 (51.59m). Saturday, O'Brien picked up her second victory of the meet in the women's shot put. O'Brien had a winning throw of 49-5 (15.06m) to win the event by four and a half feet over Duquesne's Ashley Adams (44-11, 13.69m).
Mykal Imbrock, Central Michigan
Senior, Hamler, Ohio (Patrick Henry)
Imbrock broke the school record and finished in first place in the hammer throw at the John Jacobs Invitational on Friday with a throw of 187-0. Her mark was two inches better than the former record of 186-10 set by Jen Brown in 2000 and nearly four feet better than her previous career best. Imbrock also added an eighth-place finish in the shot put with a toss of 40-2 1/4.
Shawntoreah Turk, Central Michigan
Freshman, Saginaw, Mich. (Carrollton)
Turk won the 400m and finished runner-up in the 200m at the Northwood Invitational on Saturday. She was first in a field of 19 runners in the 400m, and her runner-up finish in the 200m was among 25 competitors.
Shantavia Williams, Eastern Michigan
Junior, Homestead, Fla. (South Dade)
Shantavia Williams competed in four races at multiple venues for the Eastern Michigan University women's track and field team this weekend, as the junior participated at both the Mt. SAC Relays and the Cal State LA Twilight Open. At the Cal State LA Twilight Open, Williams ran the opening leg of the 4x100-meter relay team which the Eagles won. The time of 46.23 is the second-fastest time in the MAC all season. Williams also ran the MAC's second-fastest time in the 400-meter run at the Mt. SAC Relays by posting a mark of 54.77, a personal-best for the third-year runner. She followed up by again running the lead leg in the 4x100-meter race which the Eagles ran a time of 46.34 for a fifth-place finish. In her final race, Williams led the 4x400-meter team to an 11th-place time of 3:48.12. It was the third-fastest time in the conference this year.
Melissa Kurzdorfer, Kent State
Freshman, Lancaster, N.Y. (Lancaster)
Kurzdorfer finished second in the women's weight throw at the Sea Ray Relays last weekend (April 14-16) in Knoxville, Tenn., with a toss of 188'-03" (57.38m). She also placed sixth in the women's discus invitational with a toss of 156'-11" (47.84m) in addition to taking ninth in the women's shot put with a throw of 46'-6.25" (14.18m).
Andreea Patrasc, Kent State
Junior, Bacau, Romania (LPS Bacau)
Patrasc finished eighth in the women's 400-meter dash at the Sea Ray Relays last weekend (April 14-16) in Knoxville, Tenn., after clocking a 1:01.78. She was also a member of the 4x400-meter relay team that placed fifth with a time of 3:51.67.
Erica Mudd, Miami
Freshman, Cincinnati, Ohio (Anderson)
Mudd captured first place in the high jump at the All-Ohio Championships, clearing a personal-best 1.73m/5-8, which ties her for fifth in school history in the event. She won the 19-woman event by three inches, including beating out three other MAC athletes. Mudd's clearance is the best height in the MAC this year by a full inch and ties for 63rd nationally.
Samantha Tomerlin, Western Michigan
Senior, Allegan, Mich. (Allegan)
Tomerlin set a new school record in the 10,000m run by finishing in 12th overall in a crowded field at the historic Mt. SAC Relays over the weekend. Her career and school-best mark of 35:08.76, beating the former mark by over 17 seconds and improving her career-best time by over 90 seconds. It also currently ranks second in the MAC.