MAC Announces Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 4/21/2010
Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Aiman Scullion. Kent State, Sr., Salem, Ohio/Salem

At the very prestigious Mount Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif., Scullion smashed the 19-year record held by Jim Loveless in the 10,000 meters by nearly eight seconds with a time of 29:29.09. It is the fastest mark in the MAC this season and the first sub-30 time in the conference since the 2007 season. His mark is the 15th-fastest in the NCAA East Region and the 35th-best mark in the country.

Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Alex Lizarribar, Kent State, Jr., Clyde, Ohio/Clyde

In her first ever 10,000 meters on the track, Lizarribar beat her nearest competitor by nearly two seconds in the winning the All-Ohio Championship in the 10,000 meters this past weekend. Her time of 35:44.58 is the third-fastest time in school history and is the 29th-best in the East Region and is the 76th-best in the country.

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

Placed fourth in the decathlon at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays. His point total of 7,432 shattered his previous personal record by 200 points and ranks second on the UA all-time lists. In addition, it ranks best in the MAC, third-best in the NCAA East and eighth-best in the nation overall. Johansson, who stood in ninth place after day on thanks to a third-place finish in the shot put (47-7.25), made his move on day two, winning the discus with a personal-record throw of 151-4. Next, Johansson dominated the field in the pole vault, clearing 16-8.75 and scoring 941 points - 122 more points than the next-best finisher. In the second-to-last event, Johansson was fourth (181-9).

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Valerie Wert, Akron, Jr., Lexington, Ohio / Lexington

Set a UA record in winning the discus, while placing second in the hammer at the All-Ohio Championships. Wert broke a two-year old school record in winning the discus with a mark of 176-1. The previous UA mark of 175-7 was set by All-American Stevi Large in May of 2008. In the hammer, Wert placed second with a mark of 189-1, falling to champion by just five inches (181-6). Wert's mark in the discus is the best in the MAC, third-best in the NCAA East and sixth-best in the NCAA this season. Earlier this season, Wert threw the hammer 190-8, which is best in the MAC and 24th-best in the NCAA.

Additional Nominees for Men's Athlete of the Week
Joe McCoy, Akron, So., Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio / Woodridge
Won the steeplechase at the All-Ohio Championships. His time of 9:06.98 beat second place by over five secondd and just missed the UA record of 9:06.71, set by Craig Reese in 1994.

Matt Gac, Buffalo, Jr., Newark Valley, NY/Newark Valley
At the UB Invitational, Gac won the men's discus with a throw of 174-6 (53.20m) and the men's hammer throw at 184-6 (56.25m). He also finished second to teammate Steve Maciejewski in the men's javelin with a throw of 152-5 (46.45m).

Dan Schichtel, Buffalo, Sr., Eden, NY/Eden
At the UB Invitational, Schichtel won the 100-meters in a season-best 10.73, establishing UB's fastest time of the season in the event. Schichtel edged out teammate Ezekiel Porter by three-hundredths of a second to take the win. The two combined with Dan Harris and Brian Smith to win the 4x100-meter relay in 42.94.

Dave Ashcraft, Central Michigan, So., Harrison, Mich./ Harrison
Sophomore Dave Ashcraft showed well for the Chippewas at the Lenny Lyles Invite in Louisville, Kentucky. The Chippewas won the 400m with his time of 48.75.

Alex Rose, Central Michigan, Fr., West Branch, Mich./ Ogemaw Heights
Freshman Alex Rose took first in the discus at the highly competitive Lenny Lyles Invite Friday. The freshman set a new personal best with his throw of 179-8 which allowed him to win the event. Rose helped the Chippewas to a third place finish overall at the meet.

Oliver Walther, Eastern Michigan, Sr., Erfurt, Germany / Pierre-de-Coubertin Gymnasium
Just one week after being named to the Academic All-MAC team, senior Oliver Walther held up his end of the bargain on the field as the scholar-athlete jumped to victory in the Triple Jump with a leap of 44-08.75, besting second place by more than a foot. Walther also competed in the Long Jump, placing 10th out of 20 jumpers.

Tony Connor, Kent State, Sr., Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Prep
Senior Tony Connor captured the All-Ohio discus title with a throw of 174'-0" (53.03 meters), the second-best throw in the MAC so far this season and the 58th-best mark in the country.

Ryan Dezso, Miami, Sr., Copley, Ohio/Copley
Dezso ran to a third-place finish in the 3000m steeplechase Saturday at the All-Ohio Championships, hosted by Ohio. He finished in a personal-best time of 9:11.97, which ranks third in the MAC this season.

Michael McCarty, Miami, Jr., Hudson, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit
McCarty won the decathlon at the All-Ohio Championships, hosted by Ohio Friday and Saturday, finishing with a total of 6,778 points, which is just two shy of his personal-best score. His point total is the highest in the MAC this season, as he finished ahead of two fellow MAC competitors (not from Miami) in the event, and ranks 44th nationally. As part of the decathlon, McCarty won three events (long jump, shot put and 110m hurdles).

Additional Nominees for Women's Athlete of the Week
Larisa Arcip, Akron, Sr., Vaslui, Romania / Spiru Haret Univ.
Won the 1,500 meters at the All-Ohio Championships (4:33.88). Also placed 10th in the 800 (2:17.37). This marked Arcip's second career win the 1,500 at the All-Ohio Championships.

Thekla Lorenz, Ball State, So., Hamburg, Germany
Redshirt sophomore multi-event specialist Thekla Lorenz (Hamburg, Germany) also had a strong meet, posting top-10 efforts in all four individual events she competed in. Lorenz's top event was the javelin throw, where she placed third overall with a throw of 109-03 (33.29m). She also placed fifth in the long jump (18-9.75/5.73m), seventh in the 100m hurdles (14.91) and 10th in the high jump (5-2.25/1.58m).

Ra'Jae Marable, Ball State, Jr., Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer
Junior Ra'Jae Marable (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) was the Cardinals top finisher, scoring a second-place time of 14.18 in the 100m hurdles. In addition to being a career-best effort, the time is the second-fastest in the league so far this season.

Jeanette Pettigrew, Bowling Green, Fr., Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio / Cuyahoga Falls Christian Academy
Freshman Jeanette Pettigrew competed in three events at last weekend's All-Ohio Championships. Her best finish was in the 100 meter dash, where she earned six points for third place. She completed the run in 12.24, less than a half-second behind the event winner and just .12 seconds behind second place. Pettigrew also helped the Falcons score five points in the 4x100 relay. The team's time of 47.67 earned fourth place. Pettigrew's third event was the 200 meter dash; she ran that event in 25.80 seconds for 11th place.

Tatijana Jacobson, Bowling Green, Fr., Elmore, Ohio / Woodmore
Freshman Tatijana Jacobson produced the Orange and Brown's top finish at the All-Ohio Championships. Jacobson set a personal record and placed second in the high jump with a mark of 1.70m (5-7.00). The second place finish netted eight points (out of a possible ten) for the Falcons, and her leap matched that of the event winner. Jacobson is sixth on the team with 24 points scored and has placed first or second in each of her attempts at the high jump thus far during the outdoor season.

Jamiee McClary, Buffalo, Fr., Rochester, NY/Our Lady of Mercy
At the UB Invitational, McClary swept the women's 100-meters (12.25) and 200-meters (26.07). She also ran the opening leg of UB's 4x100-meter relay with Brooklynn Ventura, Jessica Cooper and Natalie Fildes as the Bulls posted a 48.97 clocking as the only competitors.

Becky O'Brien, Buffalo, So., Cumberland, ME/Greely
At the UB Invitational, O'Brien won the women's shot put with a season-best throw of 51-10 (15.80m). She also took first place in the women's discus at 152-8 (46.54m). She also finished fourth in the women's hammer throw (145-6, 44.34m).

Dierra Riley, Central Michigan, So., Middletown, Mich/ Middletown
Sophomore Dierra Riley won both the 100m and the 200m Friday at the competitive Lenny Lyles Invitational in Louisville, Kentucky. Riley posted a 11.81 finish in the 100m and a 24.34 finish in the 200m, which is also a new personal best for the Chippewas. Riely helped the Maroon and Gold to a third place finish overall.

Erika Schroll, Central Michigan, Sr., Union, Mich./ Three Rivers
Defending MAC outdoor champion Erika Schroll once again won the high jump at the Lenny Lyles Invitational. The Chippewa has been consistent in the event and once again proved her strength as she cleared 5- 3/4 and earned a first place finish.

Lauren Quaintance, Eastern Michigan, Jr., White Lake, Mich.-Walled Lake Northern
Lauren Quaintance was the unsung hero for the Eastern Michigan University women's track and field team this weekend as the junior middle distance runner posted two huge wins for the Eagles during the two-day EMU Invitational, April 16-17, at Olds/Marshall Track inside of Rynearson Stadium. Quaintance won both the 1,500-meter run (by half a second) and 800-meter run (by more than two seconds) at the invitational for the Eagles.

Rosie White, Eastern Michigan, So., New Albany, Ohio / New Albany
Sprinter and jumper Rosie White showed up and put together an impressive two days at the EMU Twilight April 16-17. The sophomore won the long jump with a leap of 18-05.00 before going on to be the anchor leg in the winning 4x100-meter relay squad. White also place fifth in a deep field in the 200-meter dash.

Samantha Fetter, Kent State, Sr., Darragh, Pa./Hempfield Area
Senior Samantha Fetter threw a personal best and the fifth-best distance in school history in the shot put with a mark of 51'-04.25" to capture the All-Ohio title. The throw ranks 12th in the NCAA East Region and 24th in the country overall.

Amanda Mirochna, Miami, Sr., Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley
Mirochna won the steeplechase Saturday at the All-Ohio Championships, hosted by Ohio, in a time of 10:48.73. She earned 10 points for the RedHawks to help them finish fourth out of 16 teams at the meet. The senior competed against a field of 18 that included five MAC athletes.

Nicki Mitchell, Miami, Sr., Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest
Mitchell placed third in the heptathlon Friday and Saturday at the All-Ohio Championships, hosted by Ohio, as she finished with 4,544 points while competing in the event for the first time in 2010. Her score ranks second in the MAC so far this year. She competed in a field of 16 that included six other MAC athletes. Mitchell won the 800m run as part of the heptathlon.

Annie Beecham, Ohio, Sr., Granville, Ohio / Granville
Finishing second in the 5000 meter run at the 2010 All-Ohio Outdoor Championships, Annie was the first Ohio and Mid-American Conference runner to cross the finish line in the event. She ran an impressive 17:12.38, which beat the Ohio's best time this season by a full minute.

Sharon Gase, Ohio, Sr., Plymouth, Ohio / Willard
Sharon had a solid weekend for the Bobcats at the 2010 All-Ohio Outdoor Championships in Athens. She placed 13th in the 100m hurdles with a 15.53 and then took fourth place in the 400m hurdles with a team season-best time of 1:04.37.

Iris Campbell, Western Michigan, Fr., Emmett, Mich./Yale
Campbell turned in a personal-best time and the fifth fastest time in the MAC (24.43) in her first place finish in the 200 meter dash. Campbell also took second in the 100 meter hurdles and helped the 4x100 meter relay team to a second place finish.

Sarah Morris, Western Michigan, Jr., Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant
Morris turned in a personal best distance in her second place finish in the discus. The 161 feet, nine inch throw also ranks second in WMU history and is currently ranked for third-best in the MAC and 26th in the East Region.