Kent State and Akron Take the Lead In Day One of MAC Indoor Track & Field Championships

Updated 2/27/2010

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Mt. Pleasant, Mich. - After the first day of competition at the 2010 MAC Indoor Track and Field Championship, Kent State leads on the Women's side and Akron leads on the men's.

KSU sophomore Diana Dumitrescu repeated as pentathlon champion and freshman Dexter Shreve sits in second through four of seven events in the heptathlon after day one at the Championships. Dumitrescu won the pentathlon with 3,949 points, the second-most in school history. She claimed the title on the shot put and finished second in the long jump. In the individual long jump on a short turnaround, Dumitrescu recorded the second-best performance in school history with a personal-best leap of 19'-7.00" (6.05 meters). Senior Brenda Baar, in her first time competing for Kent State, took seventh with a leap of 19'-1.50" (5.83 meters).

The Western Michigan track and field team claimed two Mid-American Conference titles and the team sits in third place. Ashley Hunault picked up the first MAC title of her career, winning the long jump with a distance of 19 feet, 10.25 inches. The junior from Alpena, Mich., bested second place Diana Dumitrescu of Kent State by 3.25 inches and was over six inches ahead of third place. Hunault also qualified for Saturday's final in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.63 seconds. The second MAC title of the day went to senior Irene Cooper, who continued on with her dominating season in the MAC. Cooper won her first career MAC title with a distance of 67 feet, two inches. Akron's Valerie Wert finished in second place but was nearly six feet behind Cooper.

The Central Michigan saw an individual record broken early and competitive performances all around as they sit in fourth place at the MAC Championships. Erika Schroll broke the school's high jump record in the pentathlon with a winning height of 6-0 1/4, breaking 2002 All-American Suzy Bozin's mark, which helped her finish fourth in the combined event with 3,751 points. The Chippewas capped their scoring on day one with a gutsy runner-up finish from the distance medley relay team (11:47.94) of Raeanne Lohner, Alexandra Sisson, Danielle Dakroub and Sarah Squires. The Chippewas were towards the front of the back most of the race, but fell back to third late in the final leg before Squires' final kick earned the unit second-team All-MAC honors.

Following in fifth place is Akron with 20 points, Toledo at 16 points, Buffalo with 12 points followed closely by Ball State with 11, Eastern Michigan at 9 points and Ohio with 6 points, respectfully.

On the men's side Mike Uhle and Tyshaun Peoples cruised to victories Friday to give Akron's men the lead after day one of two at the Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships. Uhle kept his streak alive, winning his third MAC Indoor pole vault championship in as many chances with a clearance of 17-4.25. (Uhle is also a perfect two-for-two in the pole vault at the MAC Indoor for his career.) Today marked the fifth time Uhle has won the pole vault this indoor season, each clearing 17 feet in the process. Dan Garrett earned his first All-MAC honor, tying for second in the pole with a vault of 16-6.75. The Zips padded their point total as Kenny Owens tied for fifth with a vault of 15-7. Peoples led Akron to a 1-2 sweep in the long jump. His leap of 25-0.50 was both a personal record as well as the second-best effort in UA history. The win also came in dramtic fashion as Peoples went from third place (23-7) to first place to snatch the win. Junior Collister Fahie repeated as MAC Indoor long jump runner-up. The Akron Firestone product had a leap of 24-0.75, both a personal record and the third-best leap in the UA history.

The UA men have 50.5 points and lead perennial favorite Eastern Michigan, who has 38 points, followed by Central Michigan (27), Kent State (21.5) and Buffalo (17).

The 2010 MAC Indoor Track and Field Championship concludes tomorrow evening. For results visit the 2010 MAC Championship Website.