MAC Announces Women's Track & Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 4/29/2008

Track Athlete of the Week

Becky Horn, Western Michigan, Sr., Battle Creek, Mich./Battle Creek Central

Horn defended her title in the 800-meter run at the 99th running of the prestigious Drake Relays. She also ran the 800-meter anchor section of the 1600-meter sprint medley to help the Broncos defend their title in the medley, dusting former All-American Page Farrell of Arkansas in the process. Horn also helped the Broncos to a strong fourth place finish in the 4x200-meter relay, losing out to Baylor, Kansas and Kentucky.


Field Athlete of the Week

Bahiyjaui Allen, Ohio, So., Sylvania, Ohio/Sylvania Southview

Allen shattered her own program record in the shot put on Saturday afternoon at the Hillsdale Relays with a throw of 50 feet (50-00.00), good for first place. The Ohio track and field team recorded 12 other place finishes at the two-day Hillsdale College Gina Relays. Allen (Sylvania, Ohio) previously set the Ohio program record for the outdoor shot put last season as a freshman with a throw of 49 feet, 8.25 inches and bested that mark by 3.75 inches at the Hillsdale Relays. Allen's previous best this outdoor season was 48 feet, 10.25 inches at the All-Ohio Championships last weekend. The stand out sophomore also took first place overall in the discus with a throw of 160 feet, three inches - more than four feet better than the second place distance and more than seven inches better than her previous season long.




Track Nominees

Kara Butler, Bowling Green, Jr., Okemos, MI/Okemos

Kara Butler ran the 8,000-meter road race at the Drake Relays and finished in 30:26 ranking her 20th all time for collegiate runners in that race and earning her third among the college runners and seventh overall female in the race.


Dejaa Shearer, Eastern Michigan, So., Suffolk, Va./Lakeland

At Hillsdale, freshman Dejaa Shearer had an outstanding meet for the Eagles, placing in three events. She took second in both the 200 meters and the 400-meter hurdles. In the 200, she ran a team-best 25.04. and in the hurdles, she ran a time of 1:02.71. She also ran the 100 dash, finishing 14th with a time of 12.73.


Tempestt Stanford, Central Michigan, Sr., Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne

Stanford won the 100m and placed third in the 200m at the Oregon Relays while also helping CMU to a pair of second-place relay finishes. She ran 12.01 in the 100m and set a PR in the 200m with a time of 24.50.


Sha-Tira Snell, Kent State, Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills

Snell finished second in the women’s 100 meter hurdles with a time of 14.43 at the Hillsdale College GINA Relays on Saturday (4/26).



Field Nominees

Whitney Hartman, Bowling Green, Jr., Bowling Green, Ohio/Eastwood

At the Drake Relays, competing against the nation's best, thrower Whitney Hartman finishing 13th in the hammer throw with a mark of 174-00.


Fatimah Hill, Buffalo, Jr., Waterport, NY/Lyndonville

Hill placed fifth in the Eastern College Championships of the Penn Relays with a leap of 19-1.25 (5.85m).


Norianna Brown, Central Michigan, Fr., Port Huron, Mich./Port Huron

Brown set a PR in the discus with a toss of 145-0 to place sixth at the Hillsdale Relays. She also placed eighth in the shot put with a heave of 43.4.5.


Janice Keppler, Eastern Michigan, Jr., Medina, N.Y./ Medina

Janice Keppler competed in both the Drake and GIna Relays. Friday night, she vaulted 12-01.50 to finish 18th in the pole vault. She and assistant coach John Guarino traveled all night to get back for Saturday's pole vault competition at the Gina Relays. She finished second, clearing 12-07.50.


LeVania Henderson, Kent State, Jr., Westland, Michigan/Livonia Churchill

Henderson finished fourth in the women’s shot put with a mark of 52’-10” at the Drake Relays on Saturday (4/26).


Kristina Bolterstein, Miami, Sr., Middleburg, Ohio/ Midpark

Top mark in the MAC this season. Went above the NCAA Qualifying mark. (High Jump; 5-10; first).


Michelle Sutherland, Toledo, Jr., Maumee, OH/Maumee

Sutherland finished second in the high jump with a leap of 1.75m 5-08.75 at the Hillsdale Relays. That is a MAC jump of the year and qualifies her for the NCAA Regionals.


Kari Richards, Western Michigan, Sr., Fox Lake, Ill./Grant Community

Richard's throw of 156 feet in the discus beat a NCAA Regional qualifying mark and also broke her previous career-best throw of 155-4.