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

Updated 1/27/2010
Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Kelley Miller, Miami, Jr., Dublin, Ohio/Coffman
On Friday at the Gladstein Invitational, Miller placed fourth in the mile run invitational final in a personal-best 4:51.63, which is the second-fastest time in Miami history and just six-tenths off the school record. It's also the top mile time in the MAC so far this year by over four seconds. On Saturday, Miller finished third in the 800m invitational final in another personal-best time of 2:13.03, which is also the top 800m time in the MAC this year. Miller's time makes her the second-fastest performer in the event in Miami indoor history while the time ranks sixth in Miami indoor history.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Carrie Keyes, Akron, Sr., Green, Ohio / Green HS
Won the women's pole vault event by a foot. The senior cleared 13-7.25(4.15) to win. She then pumped the bar to 14-0.50 (4.28), which would have been both a UA and MAC record (held by Zip All-American Kira Sims), but she came up just short. Her NCAA automatic qualifying height of 13-11.25 last week ties for fifth-best in the NCAA.

Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Curtis Vollmar, Eastern Michigan, Sr., Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc
With an adjusted time of 4:08.15, Vollmar, competing against the University of Michigan, Central Michigan, Valparaiso, Oakland University and other unattached competitors, posted the fastest mile run in the MAC and the state of Michigan, as well as the 17th fastest time in the nation. This is the fastest mile Vollmar has run in two years.

Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Mike Uhle, Akron, Jr., Powell, Ohio / Olentangy Liberty
The junior cleared 17-7.25 (5.37) to, not only defeat teammates Dan Garrett and Bjorn Johansson (16-6.75) by over a foot, but posting the second-best vault in UA and MAC history. He passed Kevin Poest (17-7) and now only trails five-time All-American John Russell (18-2.50).


Women's Track Athletes of the Week Nominees
Jeanette Pettigrew, Bowling Green, Fr.,
At the Jane Hermann Invitational, freshman Jeanette Pettigrew won the 60 meter dash for the second time in two weeks. Last week, at her first intercollegiate meet, Pettigrew won with a time of 7.67 seconds. Pettigrew, along with Allison Weimer, Saisha Gailliard and Heather Conger, helped lead the Falcons to their first win of the season in the 4x400 meter relay. The Falcons now have two top-three relay finishes for the season after placing third last week.

Janae Taylor, Ball State, So., Richmond, Ind./Richmond
Janae Taylor scored a pair of top-five finishes at the 2010 Gladstein Invitational, leading the Cardinals with a third-place effort int he 60m dash (7.87), while running to fifth in the 200m Dash Invitational race with a time of 25.47.

Jamiee McClary, Buffalo, Fr., Rochester, NY/Our Lady of Mercy
McClary broke another UB record with her finish in the 60-meters at the Cornell Upstate Challenge. McClary, who has set the 200-meter record twice in this season, broke the 60-meters mark with a 7.64 clocking in the preliminary heats, bettering Octavia Johnston's record of 7.73 from 2007. McClary finished second in the finals in 7.70, also faster than the mark Fowler established prior to the 2010 campaign.

Danielle Dakroub, Central Michigan, Jr., Okemos, Mich./Okemos
Dakroub set a new personal best at the Simmons Harvey Invitational with her 2:15.16, first place finish.

Alex Lizarribar, Kent State, Jr., Clyde, Ohio/Clyde
In Lizarribar's first race of the indoor track season, she took first in the 3000 meters with a time of 10:01.46, nine seconds faster than her nearest competitor.

Kelley Miller, Miami, Jr., Dublin, Ohio/Coffman
On Friday at the Gladstein Invitational, Miller placed fourth in the mile run invitational final in a personal-best 4:51.63, which is the second-fastest time in Miami history and just six-tenths off the school record. It's also the top mile time in the MAC so far this year by over four seconds. On Saturday, Miller finished third in the 800m invitational final in another personal-best time of 2:13.03, which is also the top 800m time in the MAC this year. Miller's time makes her the second-fastest performer in the event in Miami indoor history while the time ranks sixth in Miami indoor history.

Alexis Geiger, Ohio, Fr., Gallipolis, Ohio / Gallia Academy
Alexis had a great day for Ohio, competing in four events at the State Farm Games. She finished first in the triple jump, fourth in the long jump, ninth in the 200 meter dash and third in the 60 meter dash. She is one of Ohio's most versatile athletes and is able to compete in a wide spectrum of both track and field events.

Ari Fisher, Toledo, Jr., Lebanon, OH/Lebanon
Fisher claimed victory in the mile and also helped the distance medley relay team to a win as the Rockets finished second out of 26 teams at the Great Dane Classic, just six points behind Seton Hall. Fisher's mark of 4:59.93 in the mile is one of the best times in the MAC this year as she bested a field of 31 competitors on Friday. The DMR team's time of 12:09.33 is the best in the MAC and sixth in school-history as the Rockets finished 10 seconds ahead of their nearest competitors on Friday.

Victoria Chatman, Western Michigan, Jr., Taylor, Mich./Taylor Kennedy
Chatman set the school record in the 600m run to take first place. She was the second collegiate finisher in the 400m dash invitational, taking fourth overall by finishing behind two professional runners. She also helped the Bronco 4x400 relay team to its best time of the season so far.

 

Women's Field Athletes of the Week Nominees
Kristy Woods, Buffalo, So., Mercer, PA/Grove City
Kristy Woods, set a new school record, and Cornell facility record while winning the shot put competition at the Upstate Challenge with a throw of 52-10 winning by 6.5 feet over second-place teammate Erin Miller. Woods has won the shot put in all three meets this season and improved her NCAA provisional mark each time. She is currently at the top of the MAC and eighth in the country. Woods also won the weight throw in a personal best distance of 59-2.25, bettering her ECAC qualifying distance.

Thekla Lorenz, Ball State, Jr., Hamburg, Germany
Junior Thekla Lorenz opened the Gladstein Invitational with a fourth-place showing in the pentathlon, racking up 3614 points. Among the pentathlon participants, Lorenz placed 2nd in long jump (18-10), 4th in 60m hurdles (9.13), 4th in shot put (35-8.5), 4th 800m run (2:27.12) and 6th in high jump (4-11.75) . . . On the second day of competition, Lorenz placed fifth in the long jump with a leap of 18-07.25.

Rachael Doughty, Bowling Green, Jr., Bay Village, OH (Bay Village)
Of Doughty's six attempted jumps at the Jane Hermann Invitational, four were 5.20 meters or better. None of the other competitors in the event had a single jump of better than 5.15 meters. Doughty also competed in a track event, winning the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.13 seconds.

Tanisha Johnson, Central Michigan, Sr., Macomb, Mich. /Grand Valley State
Johnson set a new personal best at the Simmons Harvey Invitational in the triple jump event with her jump of 39-4.

Rosie White, Eastern Michigan, So., New Albany, Ohio-New Albany
White, competing against the University of Michigan, Central Michigan, Valparaiso, Oakland University and other unattached competitors, posted season-bests in both the long and triple jumps en route to first and second place finishes, respectively. Her long jump was also the second best in the state of Michigan by a collegiate athlete this year.

Samantha Fetter, Kent State, Sr., Darragh, Pa./Hempfield Area
Fetter dominated the competition this weekend in the shot put, throwing 49-6.25 and won the event at the Akron Dual by more than a foot. That distance is the second-best mark in the conference this season.

Bahiyjaui Allen, Ohio, Sr., Toledo, Ohio / Sylvania Southview
In her first meet of the 2010 indoor season, Bahiyjaui Allen made her presence known by taking first place honors in both of her events. She led an impressive group of Ohio University field athletes that took 1st-6th in the shot put competition and three of the top four spots in the weight throw.

Alexandra Afloari, Toledo, Jr., Deva, Romania
Afloari won the triple jump with a personal-record 40-01.50, which is the third-best mark in school-history, to help the Rockets finish second out of 26 teams at the Great Dane Classic, just six points behind Seton Hall. Afloari was also fifth in the long jump with a mark of 18-03.75. Her distance in the triple jump is the second-best in the MAC this season.

Ashley Hunault, Western Michigan, Jr., Alpena, Mich./Alpena
Hunault was the top collegiate finisher in the long jump, finishing second overall behind former US Olympian Fountain Hyleas.

Men's Track Athletes of the Week Nominees
Tyshaun Peoples, Akron, So., Cleveland, Ohio / Glenville
For the second week in a row, Peoples broke his own record in the 60m-hurdles, running the first sub-eight second race in school history (7.97). The time is just six-one hundredths away from the NCAA provisional qualifying mark and bettered his time from last week of 8.01. Also like last week, Peoples' win in the hurdles came on the heels of him winning the long jump, posting a distance of 23-6.75 (7.18) which is the best in the MAC this season.

Jamal Norward, Buffalo, Jr., Buffalo, NY/Hamburg
Norward won two sprint races at the Cornell Upstate Challenge. Norward took the 200-meters in 22.67 and then won the 60-meter hurdles in 8.18.

Marcus Breidinger, Central Michigan, Sr., Alama, Mich/Alma
Breidinger earned a new personal best for his performance at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational hosted by the University of Michigan.

Matt Moffett, Kent State, Jr., Salem, Ohio/Salem
Recorded a personal-best in the 400 meters while winning the event with a time of 48.63 seconds.

 

 

Men's Field Athletes of the Week Nominees
Jake Madonia, Buffalo, Sr., Rome, NY/Rome Free Academy
Madonia won the men's shot put over teammate Rob Golabek by one inch as UB throwers turned in a one-two finish at the Cornell Upstate Challeng. Madonia finished with a best throw of 57-7.50 (17.56m).

David Ascraft, Central Michigan, So., Harrison, Mich/Harrison
Ashcraft took first at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational in the 400 meter event. Ashcraft finished with a time of 50.26.

Andrew Meyer, Eastern Michigan, Sr., Minster, Ohio-Minster
Meyer, competing against the University of Michigan, Central Michigan, Valparaiso, Oakland University and other unattached competitors, finished in second place in both the shot put and the weight throw. The shot put toss was also a season-best for the senior athlete out of Minster, Ohio.

Dean Wood, Kent State, So., New South Wales, Australia
Wood provisionally qualified for the second-straight meet in the high jump, clearing the bar at 7'-0.25". He followed that up with a third place finish in the triple jump.