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

Updated 2/3/2010
Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Phil Ferguson, Akron , So., Copley, Ohio / Copley
Won the Invitational 200 at the Penn State National meet with a MAC-best time of 21.31. Ferguson, the reigning MAC Indoor 200 champion, has competed in and won the 200 four times this indoor season. He defeated second place at Penn State by two-tenths.

Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Jamiee McClary, Buffalo, Fr., Rochester, NY/Our Lady of Mercy
Broke both of her school records at the Penn State National Meet. McClary lowered her 60m time to 7.62 and cut .14 seconds in the 200m. Just a freshman, she has broken one or both school records in all four meets thus far this season.

Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Matt Gac, Buffalo, Jr., Newark Valley, NY/Newark Valley
Gac finished second in the men's weight throw at the Penn State National Meet, breaking his own school record in the effort. Gac's toss of 63-8.25 extended his old record, set last season, from 63-0 as he placed behind Temple's Bryce Buffalo in the event.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Diana Dumitrescu, Kent State, So., Campulung, Romania/NPA Campulung Muscel
After a fourth-place finish (first among attached collegiate athletes) with a loaded field in the pentathlon at the Penn State National Friday (Jan. 30), Dumitrescu provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Her point total is currently the best in the conference and top-10 in the country so far this season.

Women's Track Athlete of the Week Nominees
Megan Cherry, Ball State, Jr., Hobart, Ind./Hobart
Megan Cherry posted a leap of 35-00.50 to win the triple jump at the 2010 Indiana Wesleyan University Invitational, outleaping the next closest competitor by almost a foot.

Heather Conger, Bowling Green, Jr., South Euclid, OH (Charles F. Brush)
Junior Heather Conger's victories in the 800m and DMR were her first wins in each event this season. Previously, she had helped BGSU to a win in the 4x400m Relay at the Jane Hermann Invitational. In her previous attempt at the 800m, at the BGSU Challenge, Conger placed third. This is the second year in a row that Conger has won the 800m at the Tom Wright Classic.

Cara Dukes, Central Michigan, Sr., Highland, Mich./Milford
Senior Cara Dukes took first in the 400 meter dash at the Chippewa Invitational Saturday with a time of 56:46. Dukes time ranks third in the MAC leader board. Dukes helped the women's track and field team to a win over Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Kent State and Oakland, with a total of 160 points on the day.

Kelley Miller, Miami, Jr., Dublin, Ohio/Coffman
Miller broke Miami's school record in the mile with a time of 4:46.57 Friday at the Indiana Relays, which earned her an NCAA provisional qualifying time in the event. She shattered Miami's previous mark by over four seconds, while her time is nearly seven seconds better than any other MAC mile time this year. Miller also ran the opening leg of the distance medley relay (1200m) for Miami Friday, getting them off to a fast start that helped them win the relay in 11:49.10, the seventh-best time in Miami history and the top DMR time in the MAC so far this year.

Megan Gregory, Northern Illinois, So., Chicago, Ill./Plainfield North
Competing in the 55-meter hurdles for the Huskies, Megan Gregory finished the race in a NIU school record time of 8.44 to finish first in the event. Gregory also competed in the 55-meter dash and 200-meter dash, placing second in both events. Gregory finished the 55-meter dash in a time of 7.27, before crossing the finish line in a time of 26.03 in the 200-meter dash. Gregory now holds the NIU record in both the 55-meter hurdles and the 60-meter hurdles (8.60), a 60mH time that places her at the top of the MAC .

Jenielle Hunt, Ohio, Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa. / North Hills
Jenielle Hunt is proving to be quite the senior leader on the Ohio University Track and Field team, as she was an integral part of the 4x800 Meter Relay team that finished 4th and the Distance Medley team that finished 1st at the 2010 Findlay Classic.

Amanda Kaverman, Toledo, Jr., Sylvania, OH/Southview
Amanda Kaverman took fourth in the 200 meter invitational at the Indiana Relays with her time of 24.79. Her time was the best of any runner from a non-BCS school. She also competed on Toledo's 4x400 meter relay squad which finished fifth in 3:53.84, trailing only teams from Indiana and Mississippi State.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week Nominees
Carrie Kayes, Akron, Sr., Green, Ohio / Green
This marked the third consecutive week Kayes has won the pole vault and she has cleared at least 13-7 each time with an NCAA automatic height of 13-11.25 which ranks sixth nationally. The 13-9.25 Is Kayes' second-best clearance of the season (behind her NCAA auto mark) and the tied for second-best clearance in the MAC this season.

Sabrina Forstein, Bowling Green, Sr., Geneva, OH (Geneva)
At the Tom Wright Classic, Sabrina Forstein won the pole vault event with a vault of 12 feet, 4 inches. The second-place finisher in the event finished with a vault nearly two feet short of Forstein's (10-6). Forstein's vault of 12-4 also set a Bowling Green State University record in the event, breaking the mark of 12-3.75 set by Andrea Cook. This was Forstein's second victory in the event in as many weeks, as she also won the pole vault at the Jane Hermann Invitational.

Kristy Woods, Buffalo, So., Mercer, PA/Grove City

Woods won the women's shot put for the fourth time in four meets this season taking the competition at the Penn State National Meet by more than four feet over second-place Allison Lawyer of Akron. She also attained a personal best in the weight throw falling just shy of an NCAA provisional qualifying distance.

Erika Schroll, Central Michigan, Sr., Union, Mich./ Three Rivers
Senior Erika Schroll kept her high jump streak alive as she once again won the high jump event at the Chippewa Invitational. Schroll's jump of 5-10 helped the women to a win with a 160 points over Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Kent State and Oakland University. Schroll holds the top high jump height in the MAC with her 5-11 1/4 jump at the BGSU Challenge.

Nicki Mitchell, Miami, Sr., Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest
Mitchell won the long jump invitational final Saturday at the Indiana Relays with a personal-best leap of 18-8.50 (5.70m), which ranks her second on Miami's all-time performers list in the event. Mitchell also competed in the high jump at the Indiana Relays, tying for eighth with a jump of 5-02.25 (1.58m) and helped Miami take seventh in a strong 4x400-meter relay field.

Brittany Houghton, Northern Illinois, Sr., Freeport, Ill./Dakota
Brittany Houghton took home first place in the long jump when she posted a season-best mark of 18-01.00 at the Tadd Metzger Invitational. Houghton was also a member of the 4x400m relay team that place first at the invite with a season-best time of 4:00.57. The Huskie also took home second in the 400m dash with a time of 1:01.07.

Alexis Geiger, Ohio, Fr., Gallipolis, Ohio / Gallia Academy
Alexis Geiger (Gallipolis, Ohio) had a great day for the Green and White, finishing near the top of almost every event in which she competed. She finished ninth in the 60 meter dash with a time of 8.11, a mark that is the best time a Bobcat sprinter has finished in this season. She set another team season-best with her fourth place finish in the triple jump, leaping 34-07.50. In addition to those events, she also finished second in the long jump with a distance of 17-05.50.

Alexandra Afloari, Toledo, Jr., Deva, Romania
Alexandra Afloari claimed first in the triple jump (39-05.25) at the Indiana Relays, besting a field that included competitors from Indiana, Mississippi State, Marquette, Notre Dame and DePaul, amongst others. She also qualified for the semifinals in the 60 meter hurdles with her time of 9.22, and she just missed making the finals with a time of 9.19, finishing 10th.

Irene Cooper, Western Michigan, Sr., Bloomfield HIlls/Lahser
Cooper threw a provisional qualifying distance for the fourth time this season with a season-best distance of 65-1.50. She remains the MAC's top-ranked thrower in the 20lb weight throw.

Men's Track Athlete of the Week Nominees
John Bauman, Buffalo, Jr., Williamsville, NY/Williamsville North
Bauman won the 1,000m at the Penn State National Meet taking the race by less than two seconds over a pair of Duquesne runners. Bauman earned an IC4A qualifying mark with the time.

Renaldo Powell, Central Michigan, Fr., Wayne, Mich. /Wayne Memorial
Renaldo Powell took first in the 60 meter hurdles for the Chippewas Saturday at the Chippewa Invitational. Powell' s time helped lead the men's team to a runner up finish on the day with 151.5 points. Powell holds the fifth best time in the MAC for hurdles from his performance at the Chip Open (1/8) with a time of 8.19.

Curtis Eaton Jr., Kent State, Sr., Akron, Ohio/Buchtel
Facing some of the best 400 meter runners in the conference Saturday in the Chippewa Invitational, Eaton Jr. emerged victorious with a time of 49.18, more than a quarter-second faster than his nearest competitor.

Men's Field Athlete of the Week Nominees
Mike McCall, Akron, Jr., Richfield, Ohio / Revere
While he placed third in the high jump at the Penn State National, he was the top collegian to compete with an NCAA provisional mark of 7-0.25. McCall has battled injury this season and was competing in just his second meet at Penn State. His height ties for the MAC lead and ranks 20th-tied in the NCAA this season.

Renaldo Powell, Central Michigan, Fr., Wayne, Mich. /Wayne Memorial
Freshman Renaldo Powell won the triple jump event for the Chippewas with his jump of 43-8 at the Chippewa Invitational. The men's team finished runner-up on the day with 151.5 points, just behind MAC foe Eastern Michigan. Powell's jump ranks fifth among the MAC leader board.

Tony Connor, Kent State, Sr., Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Prep
Senior Tony Connor took top honors in the weight throw with a heave of 60'-4.75" and third in the shot put with a throw of 51'-9.00" in a preview of the MAC Championship facilities in the Chippewa Invite in Mount Pleasant, Mich.