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

Updated 1/19/2010
Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Amanda Mirochna, Miami, Sr., Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley
Running in the mile for the first time this season, Mirochna won the mile run at the BGSU Challenge on Saturday in a time of 4:57.01, picking up 10 points for Miami to help the RedHawks finish third at the meet. Her time is the top time in the mile in the MAC so far this year. She ran against five other MAC schools at the meet while four non-MAC schools also competed.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Irene Cooper, Western Michigan, Sr., Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Lahser
Cooper's throw in the weight throw beat the NCAA provisional mark. It is the second straight week she has surpassed the provisional mark in the weight throw and second straight week she has won the event.

Men's Track Athlete of the Week

Tyshaun Peoples, Akron, So., Cleveland, Ohio / Glenville
Tyshaun Peoples broke his own school record (set last season) in winning the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.01. His previous record time was 8.03. Near the same time as he competed in the 60mH, he won the long jump with a leap of 23-4.75 (7.31).

Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Oliver Walther, Eastern Michigan, Sr., Erfurt, Germany / Pierre-de-Coubertin Gymnasium
Oliver Walther won the men's long jump and triple jump during a quad meet this past Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at Bob Parks Track in Ypsilanti, Mich. With a long jump leap of 23-03.25 and a triple jump of 46-04.25, Walther out-jumped competitors from Oakland University, Detroit and Mid-American Conference rival Central Michigan University.


Women's Track Nominees
Thekla Lorenz, Ball State, Jr., Hamburg, Germany
Thekla Lorenz was Ball State's top performer at last Saturday's Bowling Green Challenge, winning the long jump with a distance of 18'-8.5" for 10 points, while running the second leg for the sixth-place 4x400m relay that earned three points with a time of 4:03.89.

Jeanette Pettigrew, Bowling Green, Fr., Cuyahoga Falls, OH/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy
Jeanette Pettigrew was a winner in her first regular season meet at BGSU. She comes to the Falcons from Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, where she was a member of the 2009 Division II State Champion track and field team. She placed third in the long jump and fourth in both the 100 and 200 meter events to help her team to the title. At the 2007 Division II Ohio State Meet, she placed third in the 100m and fourth in the 200m. Pettigrew was also named the 2008 Akron Beacon-Journal Player of the Year and the 2008 PAC 7 Player of the Year.

Jaimee McClary, Buffalo, Fr.,Rochester, NY/Our Lady of Mercy
McClary broke her week-old record in the 200-meters with a first-place showing of 24.59 at the Doug Raymond Invitational. The freshman cut .16 off her January 8 mark and is now more than four-tenths of a second off the record from the start of the season. McClary also finished fourth in the 60-meter hurdles in a career-best 8.86 and ran the opening leg of the 4x400-meter relay helping the Bulls lower their top time.

Raeanne Lohner, Central Michigan, Jr., Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids
Lohner ran a career-best 4:57.64 in the mile run at the BGSU Challenge, finishing runner-up in the event. Her first sub 5:00 mile helped lead CMU to first-place finish at the scored meet.

Christina Farrow, Eastern Michigan, So., Detroit, Mich./Renaissance
In just her second year as a collegiate runner, Farrow has already assumed a leadership role with her team. Her 2:13.99 time in the 800-meter run was a career-best, and also made her an NCAA provisional qualifier. Also, as the anchor leg of the 4x400, Farrow allowed her team to beat out second place by more than nine seconds.

Audrey Maheu, Kent State, So., Bristolville, Ohio/Bristolville
Running her season-opening race, Maheu ran 2:50.63 in the 1,000 meters, just a second off of her personal best and four seconds faster than her nearest competitor.

Brittany Houghton, Northern Illinois, Sr., Freeport, Ill./Dakota

Brittany Houghton led Northern Illinois with two first-place finishes at the Panther Open hosted by Northern Iowa. Houghton ran the 400-meter dash in a first-place time of 1:00.61. Also was also a member of the 4x400-meter relay team that ran a season-best time of 4:02.65 to place third at the meet. Houghton garnered her second first-place performance of the weekend when she leaped to a 17-09.75 in the long jump.

Amanda Kaverman, Toledo, Jr., Sylvania, OH/Southview
Kaverman, competing in the 400 meter dash for the first time this season, won with her time of 57.28, a second faster than the runner-up finisher at the Bowling Green Challenge. She also qualified for the finals in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.86, which was the fourth-best preliminary time, but she did not compete. Kaverman helped lead the Rockets to a fourth-place effort out of 10 teams.

Jennifer Roberts, Western Michigan, Sr., Bollingbrook, Ill./Romeoville
Roberts won the 3,000m run in convincing fashion, finishing ahead of second place Marbeth Shiell of Butler, by a seven-second margin of victory.

Women's Field Nominees
Carrie Kayes, Akron, Sr., Green, Ohio/Green HS
Kayes automatically qualified for the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships and was just three-quarters of an inch away from the UA indoor record (14-0 set by All-American Kira Sims in 2004). In addition, Kayes defeated teammate Katherine Lee, who posted a personal record as well and had an NCAA provisional qualifying mark with a vault of 13-1.50, tying for fourth on the UA all-time list. Kayes also defeated Cincinnati's Michelle Eby and MacKenzie Fields, both of who ranked among the nation's top 25 entering the meet.

Sabrina Forstein, Bowling Green, Sr., Geneva, OH (Geneva)

Geneva, Ohio native Sabrina Forstein has found great success as a Falcon with the pole vault. During the 2009 season, Forstein won the pole vault at three separate events (Tom Wright Classic, CMU Quadrangular, Toledo Collegiate Challenge). She placed fifth at the All-Ohio Championships. At the indoor MAC Championships, Forstein placed sixth; at the outdoor version, she improved on that finish with a fifth-place vault. In 2008, Forstein won the pole vault at the Toledo Invitational. At the outdoor All-Ohio Championships during her freshman season of 2007, Forstein jumped 10-11.75 to rank second all-time in BGSU history.

Kristy Woods, Buffalo, So., Mercer, PA/Grove City
Woods won the women's shot put at the Doug Raymond Invitational with a personal best distance of 50-7.50, improving her NCAA provisional qualifying mark. She also finished fifth in the weight throw at 56-10.75, improving on her ECAC qualifying mark by more than 20 inches.

Erika Schroll, Central Michigan, Sr., Union, Mich./Three Rivers
Schroll had a career day in helping lead CMU to a first-place finish at the BGSU Challenge. Schroll cleared a career-best 5-11 1/4 to win the high jump, improving on her provisional qualifying mark. The senior's height leads the MAC and ranks fifth in the country.

Margaret "Rosie" White, Eastern Michigan, So., New Albany, Ohio/New Albany

White is making her mark in the sand in the MAC even though she's just entering her second season. Last season she posted the fourth-best triple jump in the conference. This season, her jump at the Mike Lints Open not only beat out second place by more than 2 feet, but it was also good enough to make her an NCAA Provisional qualifier.

Effua Ampadu, Kent State, Sr., Columbus, Ohio/Mifflin
Won the weight throw at the Doug Raymond Invite with a heave of 57'-07.75".

Alexandra Roberts, Miami, So., Hilliard, Ohio/Columbus School for Girls

Roberts had a career-best heave of 44-6.75 (13.58m) in the shot put at the BGSU Challenge to finish second and was the top finisher among MAC members. The toss ranks her ninth on Miami's all-time performers list in the event and was a Miami season-best performance. Roberts also tied for ninth in the weight throw with a career-best toss of 50-0.00 (15.24m), which ranks seventh on the schools all-time performers list.

Rhonda Lee, Northern Illinois, So., Flint, Mich./ Carman-Ainsworth

Rhonda Lee competed in the Long jump event, leaping to a personal-best mark of 17-09.50 to finish second in the event behind teammate Brittany Houghton. Lee also recorded a second-place finish in the 60-meter dash with a finish of 7.78. In the 200-meter dash Lee raced to a fourth-place time of 26.84 seconds.

Jaime Gittens, Toledo, So., Wallaceburg, Ontario/Wallaceburg
Gittens tied for first in the triple jump (38-09.50) at the Bowling Green Challenge on Saturday. She was one of five Rocket triple jumpers to score points in the meet and helped pace the team to a fourth-place effort out of 10 teams.

Men's Track Nominees
Ezekiel Porter, Buffalo, Sr., Rochester, NY/East
Porter finished second in the men's 400-meters at the Doug Raymond Invitational in 48.78 establishing an IC4A qualifying mark. Porter also ran the opening leg of UB's 4x400-meter relay as the Bulls lowered their IC4A qualifying time to 3:16.07.

Branden Post, Central Michigan, Jr., Saline, Mich./Saline
Competing in his first 800m of his career, Post put together a solid fourth-place finish in the event with a time of 1:56.49.

Clint Allen, Eastern Michigan, Jr., Muskegon, Mich.-Orchard View
Allen hopes to continually improve on the time he posted a week ago which remains as the fifth-fastest time in the nation during the 2010 season. At the Quad meet against Central Michigan, Oakland University and the University of Detroit Mercy, Allen was the lead leg in the winning 4X400-meter team, as well as the winner of the 60-meter dash. He also finished second, only to his teammate, in the 200-meter dash.

Curtis Eaton, Kent State, Sr., Akron, Ohio/Akron Buchtel
Curtis Eaton Jr. ran the anchor of the 4x400 meter relay team that won the event with a time of 3:13.92, two second off of provisionally qualifying and the fastest opening time under Head Coach Bill Lawson. He also claimed an individual crown in the 400 meters with a time of 48.61 seconds, his best season-opening time in the event.

Men's Field Nominees
Jake Madonia, Buffalo, Rome, NY/Rome Free Academy
Madonia finished second at the Doug Raymond Invitational and was the highest collegiate finisher at 58-5.75 (17.82m), an NCAA provisional qualifying mark and just two inches shy of the UB record.

Kevin Mays, Central Michigan, So., Flint, Mich./Carman-Ainsworth
Mays put together a career effort at the quad dual at Eastern Michigan on Friday. The sophomore finished runner-up in the weight throw with a career-best 56-1, helping lead CMU to a 2-1 mark against Eastern Michigan, Detroit and Oakland.

Kenneth Agee, Kent State, Fr., Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights

Agee won the high jump at the Doug Raymond Invitational, clearing a season-best height of 6'-08.75" (2.05 meters).