MAC Announces Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 2/1/2011

Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Rob Golabek, Buffalo
Junior, Hamburg, N.Y. (Frontier)
At the Penn State National Meet, Golabek broke the men's shot put record for the third time in three weeks. Golabek finished with a toss of 60-6.50 (18.45m), adding 2.5 inches from last week's mark. He finished third overall.

Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Vanier Joseph, Eastern Michigan
Sophomore, Redford, Mich. (Thurston)
Vanier Joseph continued his record-setting ways, this time taking down a mark at the Wisconsin Shell Track in the 60-meter high hurdle. The sophomore speedster eclipsed a Wisconsin indoor track record by posting a time of 7.80 seconds in the 60-meter high hurdles during the preliminary round, good for the ninth-best time in the NCAA this year. Joseph also finished fourth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.08.

Additional Men's Nominees
Tyshaun Peoples, Akron
Junior, Cleveland, Ohio (Glenville)
Tyshaun Peoples broke the school record in the 60 hurdles with a time of 7.83 at the Penn State National last weekend in University Park, Pa. The junior from Cleveland finished second in his heat in both the prelims (7.99) and semifinals (7.98) before rewriting his own school record (7.89) to capture fourth place in the finals among a challenging field.

Mike Uhle, Akron
Senior, Powell, Ohio (Olentangy Liberty)
Junior All-American Mike Uhle cleared 16-11.00 to win the college division at the National Pole Vault Summit last weekend in Reno, Nev. Uhle led an Akron unit that dominated the event, finishing 1-2-3 among a talented field of more than 50 competitors.

Dylan Conway, Buffalo
Junior, Commack, N.Y. (Hauppauge)
At the Penn State National Meet, Dylan Conway turned in a personal best time of 8:28.64 in the men's 3,000-meters. He finished second behind a Norfolk State runner by .36 seconds.

Alex Rose, Central Michigan
Sophomore, West Branch, Mich. (Ogemaw Heights)
Rose threw a career-best 56-2 in the shot put at The Cardinal, finishing first in a field of 21 throwers. The mark is the fourth best in the MAC overall this season and is more than a foot longer than his previous career best.

Andrew Meyer, Eastern Michigan
Senior, Minster, Ohio (Minster)
Senior field athlete Andrew Meyer had two top-four finishes this past weekend at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational as he had a second place finish in the shot put and a fourth-place toss in the weight throw. Meyer's shot put toss of 52-00.00 was the second best of his career.

Nate Scales, Kent State
Sophomore, Hilliard, Ohio (Hilliard Darby)
Scales qualified for the finals of the men's 60-meter dash at the Penn State National (Jan. 28-29) by clocking a 6.83 in the preliminaries and a 6.80 in the semi-finals before clocking a career-best 6.79 to take sixth in the finals. His time in the final is currently the second-fastest in the Mid-American Conference.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Becky O'Brien, Buffalo
Sophomore, Cumberland, Maine (Greely)
Becky O'Brien broke the school and Mid-American Conference records on Saturday as she won the shot put competition. O'Brien set the winning mark of 56-1.25 (17.10m) on her final attempt of the day, bettering her three previous measured throws of the day, all of which exceeded 52-9.75 (16.10m). O'Brien, in her first season as a member of UB's indoor track program, bettered Kristy Woods' school record of 53-9.50 (16.40m) on her final preliminary round throw, by nearly six inches. O'Brien broke the MAC indoor mark of 54-4.75 (16.58m), set at the 1999 league championship meet by Leslie Vidmar of Kent State, with the final throw. O'Brien's throw also automatically qualified her for March's NCAA Indoor National Championships. Woods, competing as an unattached entrant, finished second to O'Brien with a top mark of 50-10.25 (15.50m).

Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Lauren Quaintance, Eastern Michigan
Senior, White Lake, Mich. (Walled Lake Northern)
Senior mid-distance runner Lauren Quaintance won the 800-meter run on day two of the Penn State Invite by finishing with a time of 2:10.49. Quaintance competed in the event among 50 other schools and 10 nationally-ranked schools. A day prior to winning the 800-meter run, Quaintance was part of a quartet which broke EMU's all-time record in the distance medley relay by finishing with a time of 11:33.26. The team finished 2nd after leading most of the race.

Additional Women's Nominees
Ariane Beaumont-Courteau, Akron
Freshman, Montreal, Quebec (College Jean-Eudes)
Beaumont-Courteau recorded a PR with a clearance of 13-05.00 to finish second at the National Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nev., last weekend. Cincinnati's MacKenzie Fields cleared the same height but did so on fewer attempts to win the tiebreaker for first place.

Kim Lorentz, Akron
Senior, Mayfield, Ohio (Mayfield)
Lorentz recorded a PR in the 3,000 with a time of 9:43.68 - more than four seconds faster than her previous best mark (9:46.47) - at the Penn State National last weekend in University Park, Pa. Her strong time, which is the second-fastest recorded in the MAC this season, was good for seventh place among the challenging field.

Rebecca Lomax, Ball State
Freshman, Indianapolis, Ind. (Southport)
Rebecca Lomax (Indianapolis, Ind./Southport H.S.) continued her stellar freshman campaign with a first-place and career-best high jump of 5-8.75. Lomax also placed fourth in the 200m dash (26.76) and sixth in the 60m hurdles (9.48).

Judah Smith, Ball State
Sophomore, Cincinnati, Ohio (Colerain)
Sophomore Judah Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain H.S.) captured the top spot in the 400m dash with a time of 58.57. Smith was also a member of a pair of first-place relays.

Autumn Dettmann, Bowling Green
Senior, Watertown, Wisc. (Watertown)
Falcon senior Autumn Dettmann captured the 800 meter run at the 2011 Tom Wright Classic by finishing the distance in 2:20.26, besting her closest competition by two-and-a-half seconds.

Ashley Harris, Bowling Green
Junior, Toledo, Ohio (Bowsher)
At the 2011 Tom Wright Classic, Falcon junior Ashley Harris won one field event and took second in another to lead Bowling Green. In the shot put, Harris' throw of 47-02.00 bested the second-place finisher by over a foot. Harris' toss of 52-11.75 took second in the weight throw.

Donna Jeanty, Buffalo
Freshman, Bay Shore, N.Y. (Brentwood)
Jeanty set a new school record in the 500m with an impressive time of 1:15.42 at the Penn State National Invite, cutting half a second off the 2009 mark set by Jackie Burns. She also ran the anchor leg of the 4 x 400m relay team that ran their fastest time of the season.

Danielle Dakroub, Central Michigan
Senior, Okemos, Mich. (Okemos)
Dakroub posted a career-best 9:59.37 in the 3000m at the Indiana Relays, finishing fourth in a field of 34 runners. She was less than two seconds behind the event winner.

Whitney Johnson, Central Michigan
Senior, Saginaw, Mich. (Arthur Hill)
Johnson was just one inch shy of her career best in the weight throw at The Cardinal at Saginaw Valley State. Her mark also is the third best throw in the MAC this season.

Jessica Novakowski, Eastern Michigan
Senior, Wixom, Mich. (Walled Lake Western)
Jessica Novakowski stood tall against the stellar competition from more than 50 schools and 10 mationally-ranked schools, setting a new standard in the Mid-American Conference this year in the pole vault with a conference-best mark of 13-03.50, good for a first-place victory.

Audrey Maheu, Kent State
Junior, Bristolville, Ohio (Kennedy)
Maheu clocked a 4:53.58 to win the women's mile run at the Penn State National (Jan. 28-29), which currently ranks as Kent State's top time in the event this season and second-fastest time in the conference.

Kim Preston, Kent State
RS Junior, Greenville, Pa. (Reynolds)
Preston elevated herself 12'-11.50" (3.95m) at the Penn State National (Jan. 28-29) -- the second-highest pole vault in Kent State history and a new personal record -- to take second in the event. That mark currently ranks as Kent State's top mark in the event this season and is the 36th-best vault in the nation.

Katie Lenahan, Miami
Senior, Cincinnati, Ohio (Mother of Mercy)
Lenahan had a strong showing at the Indiana Relays Saturday, earning a fourth-place finish in the 800m invitational final, which featured runners from Michigan, Indiana, Butler and Division II powers Ashland and Grand Valley State. She clocked a personal-best time of 2:12.35, which ranks her second in school history and is the sixth-best time in Miami history. It's also the second-best time in the MAC so far this year in the 800m. Lenahan also helped Miami break a school record as part of the RedHawks' 4x800m relay team, as she ran the anchor leg and crossed with a final time of 9:04.95 while Miami finished fourth. The relay team shattered the record by over 16 seconds as the record had stood since 1986. The 'Hawks were only beaten by powers Notre Dame, Michigan and Indiana. The relay time is tops in the MAC so far this year.

Janay Mitchell, Northern Illinois
Sophomore, Teaneck, N.J. (Teaneck)
Janay Mitchell claimed the first-place title in 60-meter dash at the IWU Invitational, Saturday. The Huskie tied a season and career-best time of 7.75 in the event to finish ahead of MAC opponent Ball State and earn the first-place finish.

Alex Afloari, Toledo
Senior, Deva, Romania (Grambling State)
Afloari spearheaded the Rocket effort at the Tom Wright Invitational in Bowling Green on Saturday, taking first in both jump events she competed in and posting season-best distances in each. Afloari took first in the long jump (18-09.25) as part of a 1-2-3 Rocket finish while also grabbing first in the triple jump (39-05.00) in a 1-2-3-4 Rocket finish. Her distance in the triple jump also made her the second-best performer in the MAC this season.

Amanda Kaverman, Toledo
Senior, Sylvania, Ohio (Southview)
Kaverman captained the Rocket effort on the the track at the Tom Wright Invitational on Saturday. She won both the 60 meter (7.72) and 200 meter (24.28) dashes, while putting up a season-best time in the latter. Her time in the 200 was also the third-fastest in the MAC this season.

Andrea Arnold, Western Michigan
Freshman, Maple Heights, Ohio (Maple Heights)
Arnold was one of WMU's top performers as the Broncos took second place, falling just 3.5 point shy of beating Wisconsin at the Wisconsin Invitational. She ran the fastest time in the MAC at 55.87 seconds to win the 400m dash. It was the third straight week she has taken a 400m title for the Broncos. She also took fourth place in the 200m dash and helped the 4x400m relay team to the second fastest time in the MAC at 3:47.32.

Ashley Hunault, Western Michigan
Senior, Alpena, Mich. (Alpena)
Hunault took frst place in the long jump, jumping the second-longest distance in the mac at 19 feet, 4.25 inches to help the Broncos take second at the Wisconsin Invitational. She also scored in the 60m dash, placing sixth at 7.85 seconds and then helped the Bronco 4x400m relay team to the second fastest time in the MAC at 3:47.32.