MAC Announces Men's and Women's Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 2/10/2010

Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Destin Heasley, Kent State, Jr., Massillon, Ohio/Massillon Washington

At the Meyo Invitational with some of the top teams in the country, Heasley placed 5th in the 800 with a season-best and MAC-best time of 1:49.78. The NCAA Indoor Championships provisional qualifying time came after he was tripped up in the first 200 meters and almost fell. In the 4x400 relay, he ran a 47.7 split to help the Golden Flashes finish fifth.

Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Rachel Patterson, Miami, So., Rochester, Mich./Adams

Patterson shattered Miami's school record in the 5000m run Friday at the Meyo Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame, as she finished second in the race (out of 41 runners) in a time of 16:40.13. She beat the previous school record of 16:48.37 by over eight seconds while also earning an NCAA provisional qualifying time. Patterson's mark of 16:40.13 is the top 5K time in the MAC so far this year, over eight seconds faster than the second-best time, and currently ranks sixth in the nation.

Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Rob Golabek, Buffalo, So., Hamburg, NY/Frontier

Golabek broke the UB men's record in the shot put for the second straight week. Golabek finished second in the competition at 59-7.75 (18.18m) as he increased five inches to last week's mark and improving on his NCAA provisional qualification.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Kristy Woods, Buffalo, So., Grove City, PA/Mercer
Woods remained undefeated in the shot put, winning for the fifth consecutive week. She broke her own school record and bettered her NCAA provisional distance at 53-0.25. The throw places her in the Top 10 in the NCAA.  She has led the MAC Leader board all season. Woods also won the weight throw for the second time in five meets this season.


Additional Men's Track Athlete of the Week Nominees
John Bauman, Buffalo, Jr., Williamsville, NY/Williamsville North

Bauman ran the opening leg of UB's winning distance medley relay at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup at Penn State. The team finished in 9:54.65, lowering the previous record, set in 2006, by five seconds.

Additional Women's Track Athlete of the Week Nominees
Jackie Burns, Buffalo, So., North Tonawanda, NY/North Tonawanda
Placed 2nd overall in a strong field of the 600m at the Penn State Sykes-Sabcock Challenge Cup. Her time of 1:34.50 set a new personal best and she just missed breaking the school record. Burns also ran the 800m leg of the DMR that placed 3rd in a very strong field, running a season's best relay time of 11:46.55, lowering the team's ECAC qualification time.

Alex Lizarribar, Kent State, Jr., Clyde, Ohio/Clyde
In her first collegiate 5000 meter run, Lizarribar finished sixth with a time of 17:00.50 to break the 2005 record by Molly Hammer by more than a second.

Angela Klimkowski, Ohio, Fr., West Milton, Ohio / Milton Union
Angela was the top Ohio finisher in both the 1 Mile Run and the 1000 Meter Run, earning nine total points for the team.  Her 3:14.40 in the 1000 Meter Run was a 2010 team best.

Iris Campbell, Western Michigan, Fr., Emmett, Mich./Yale
Campbell did not shy away from the excellent competition at the Meyo Invitational and ran WMU's fastest time of the year so far in the 200m dash. She also helped the 4x400m relay team to its fastest time of the season.

Additional Men's Field Athlete of the Week Nominees
Tony Connor, Kent State, Sr., Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles

At the 23rd annual Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame, Connor placed third in the weight throw with a distance of 62-01.25. He placed third behind an unattached and Big East weight throwers.

Additional Women's Field Athlete of the Week Nominees
Kim Preston, Kent State, Jr., Greenville, Pa./Reynolds
At the competitive Meyo Invitational hosted by Notre Dame, Preston took 10th, clearing a personal-best height of 12-07,50 inches. That mark is the second-best in school history.

Bahiyjaui Allen, Ohio, Sr., Toledo, Ohio / Sylvania Southview
Allen holds the top three team marks in both the shot put and weight throw in the 2010 season. She was a big part of Ohio's 1st place finish at the Alumni Open on Friday.

Ashley Hunault, Western Michigan, Jr., Alpena, Mich./Alpena
Hunault broke her own school record in the long jump that she set early this season against Toledo. Her distance of 19-9.00 is also tops in the MAC so far this season. Hunault also competed in the triple jump, 200m dash and part of the 4x400m relay at the prestigious Meyo Invitational.