MAC Announces Weekly Track and Field Honors

Updated 4/8/2010
Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Amanda Mirochna, Miami, Sr., Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley

Amanda Mirochna won the 3000m steeplechase at the Tiger Track Classic, hosted by Auburn University Saturday, in 10:44.51, finishing ahead of Georgia Tech's Annie Martin by over two seconds and Wake Forest's Erin Redden, who placed third, by nearly 26 ticks. It was Mirochna's first time running the event this season and is the second-best time in the MAC in the event so far in 2010. Her time also ranks 30th nationally.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Carrie Kayes, Akron, Sr., Green, Ohio / Green

Placed fourth in the pole vault (13-9.75) at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. Her vault is the best in the MAC, second-best (tied) in the NCAA East and eighth-best (tied) tied in the NCAA.

Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Tyshaun Peoples, Akron, So., Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville

Posted a time of 14.21 in the 110 meter hurdles to place 13th at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. While he only placed 13th at the Texas Relays, his time is best in the MAC and 14th-best in the NCAA East.

Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Bjorn Johansson, Akron, So. Hallstahammer, Sweden / Lugnetgymnasiet Univ. / Lindboskolan HS

Placed second in the "B" section of the pole vault at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays with a vault of 17-1, which ranks third on the UA all-time list. Johansson was competing in the "B" section because he is a multi athlete, not a pole vault specialist. His vault is the best in the MAC, eighth-best in the NCAA East and 15th-best in the nation overall.



Additional Nominees for Men's Athlete of the Week
Matt Gac, Buffalo, Jr., Newark Valley, NY/Newark Valley

Gac posted a pair of strong finishes for the Bulls at the Florida Relays with a fifth-place finish in the discus with a throw of 51.69m and also placed 11th in the men's hammer competition at 59.34m.

Men's 4x200 and 4x100 relay teams, Buffalo
The foursome of Dan Schichtel (Eden, NY/Eden), Ezekiel Porter (Rochester, NY/East), Dan Harris (Rochester, NY/Edison Tech) and Brian Smith (North Tonawanda, NY/Nichols) broke their week-old record from the Raleigh Relays with a 1:25.44 posting at the Florida Relays in Gainesville. The time was seven-hundredths of a second faster than last week and placed the Bulls eighth among 18 squads. The foursome also finished 17th in the 4x100-meter relay in 41.17.

Matt Pfleger, Kent State, R-Jr., Garretsville, Ohio
At the Aggie relays in Greensboro N.C., Pfleger returned to action not competing in the indoor season with a pair of victories. He won the discus throw by more than 2.5 feet with a throw of 156'-0". He also captured the hammer throw title with a mark of 192'-10", winning the title by more than a foot.

Reggie Mitchell, Miami, Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder
Mitchell took first place in the long jump at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational, hosted by the University of Cincinnati Saturday, with a leap of 22-5 (6.83m). He jumped nearly three inches further than the second-place finisher and competed against 24 other jumpers form schools such as Kent State, Cincinnati, Xavier and Detroit.

Paul Krebs, Miami, Sr., Kettering, Ohio/Alter
Paul Krebs earned a runner-up finish out of 38 runners in the 5000m run at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational, hosted by the University of Cincinnati on Saturday. He crossed the line in 14:48.78, missing his personal-best time by just over a second, despite running the event for the first time in 2010. He earned eight points for the RedHawks to help them finish third out of 16 teams at the meet. Krebs' time is the top 5000m time in the MAC so far this season.


Additional Nominees for Women's Athlete of the Week
Felicia Close, Akron, Jr., Gallipolis, Ohio / Gallia Academy

Placed eighth in the heptathlon at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays with a personal-record point total of 4,974, which ranks third on the UA all-time list. While she was 8th at Texas, her effort is third-best in the NCAA East and 12th-best in the NCAA overall.

Kristy Woods, Buffalo, So., Mercer, PA/Grove City
Woods set a new school record and personal best in the SP with a distance of 16.16m, placing her fourth overall at the highly competitive Florida Relays. She also had a personal best in the HT with a distance of 56.77m, placing her 3rd overall.

Heather Conger, Bowling Green, Jr., South Euclid, Ohio / Charles F. Brush
Despite windy and rainy conditions, senior Heather Conger set a personal best in the 800 meters at the Jack Shaw Invitational. Her time of 2:14.6 was good for second place and was only one second behind the winner of the event. With her victory in the 800 meters last week, Conger now has a first and second place finish under her belt during the outdoor season.

Tatijana Jacobson, Bowling Green, Fr., Elmore, Ohio / Woodmore
Freshman Tatijana Jacobson has won the high jump in both of Bowling Green's outdoor meets this season. Jacobson also won the high jump once during the indoor season. Her leap of 5-05.75 on Saturday was her personal best for the year.

Jamiee McClary, Buffalo, Fr., Rochester, NY/Our Lady of Mercy
McClary set a new school record and personal best in the 400m with an outstanding performance at the Florida Relays. Her time of 55.08 broke the school record of 55.84 set in 2000 and 2004 and currently leads the MAC in the event. She won her heat and tied for 17th among a field of 46.

Rachel Crafton, Kent State, Sr., Hubbard, Ohio/Hubbard
Fifth-year senior Rachel Crafton was a double winner in her first competition of the spring. She opened with a winning time of 1:02.18 in the 400 meter hurdles, more than two seconds better than her time to begin the outdoor season last year. She also ran the opening leg of the 4x400 meter relay team that crossed the line in 3:54.56, five seconds faster than its nearest competitor. Crafton and the rest of the Kent State women finished second at the Oliver Nikoloff Invite with 110.33 points despite not competing an indoor All-American, a MAC Champion in the triple jump and none of the throwers.

Samantha Fetter, Kent State, Sr., Darragh, Pa./Hempfield Area
Samantha Fetter began her outdoor season with a title in the shot put with a distance of 47'-05.25." She also finished fifth in the discus with a mark of 134'-4."

Cora Caulfield, Northern Illinois, Sr., Fox Lake, Ill./Grant
Cora Caulfield saw the Huskies top finish of the weekend when she competed in the discus throw for NIU. Caulfied threw a season-best 148-05 to place sixth in the women's discus b section and 18th overall in the event.

Megan Gregory, Northern Illinois, So., Chicago, Ill./Plainfield North
This past weekend Megan Gregory helped NIU set two new school records at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas. Gregory reset her own school record in the 100-meter hurdles event when she crossed the finish line in a time of 14.15, to place 24th out of 66 competitors. Gregory was also a member of the 4x100-meter relay team that set an NIU school record with a time of 47.34, to finish 23rd in the event.

Abigail Swift, Ohio, Jr., Newark, Delaware / Charter School of Wilmington
Abigail scored ten important points for Ohio at the 2010 Oliver Nikoloff Invitational Saturday, taking first place in the 5000 meter run with a team season-best time of 18:14.20. This finish beat the prior 2010 team-best mark by a full ten seconds.

Emily Amendola, Ohio, Sr., Beach City, Ohio / Fairless
Emily Amendola had a tremendous day for the Green and White, earning 14 points in three events. She earned fourth in both the shot put and the hammer throw competitions, also taking fifth in the discus throw. Her hammer toss of 53.53m (175-07.25 feet) was a 2010 Bobcat best while her marks in both the shot put and discus throw currently rank third this season.

Victoria Chatman, Western Michigan, Jr., Taylor, Mich./Taylor
Chatman fought rainy conditions to win two of the 12 total events that the Broncos won to help WMU to a commanding win at the Jack Shaw Invitational. Chatman was responsible for 19.75 of the Broncos' 225 points on the day.

Ashley Hunault, Western Michigan, Jr., Alpena, Mich./Alpena
If not for a high wind rating, Hunault's personal best jump of 20-0.50 would have broken the outdoor long jump school record, giving her the record for both the outdoor and indoor long jump.