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

Updated 2/17/2010
Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Daniel Kinsey, Akron, Sr., East Liverpool, Ohio / Beaver Local
Was the top collegian to compete in the heptathlon at the Akron Invitational, finishing second overall. Posted an NCAA provisional point total of 5,353. Kinsey is the only MAC performer to post at least an NCAA provisional mark this season. During the heptathlon, Kinsey won the shot put and long jump, while posting personal record in the long jump.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Diana Dumitrescu, Kent State, So., Campulung, Arges Romania/LNPA Campulung Muscel

Diana Dumitrescu all but officially clinched her spot during the NCAA Indoor Championships, finishing first with Stiles Field House (Akron) record of 4016 points. That point total is currently the fourth best mark in the country this season and ties the second best total in Mid-American Conference history.


Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Destin Heasley, Kent State, Jr., Massillon, Ohio/Massillon Washington

At the Akron Invite this past weekend, Healey set a Stiles Field House record in winning the 800 meters with a personal best and NCAA Provisional Qualifying time of 1:49.06, the 15th best time in the country this season and the second-best mark in school history in the event. He was also a member of the winning 4x400 relay team that finished in 3:11.89.

Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Jamiee McClary, Buffalo, Fr., Rochester, NY/Our Lady of Mercy

McClary set another UB record with her victory at the Akron Invitational. McClary shattered the old UB mark in the 400-meters with a finish of 54.84, winning by two-hundredths of a second over Ohio State's Shaniqua McGinnis. McClary also bettered the UB record in the event by nearly two seconds. Just a freshman, McClary has now set UB women's records in the 60-, 200- and 400-meter races.


Additional Nominees for Men's Athletes of the Week
Phil Ferguson, Akron, So. Copley, Ohio / Copley
Swept the 60 and 200 meters at the Akron Invitational. His time in the 200 (21.23) was an NCAA provisional mark, the second-fastest time in UA history, the best time in the MAC for 2010 and a personal record. He won the 60 with a time of 6.90. Ferguson has competed in and won the 200 meters five times this indoor season. This marked his first win in the 60 in 2010.

Matt Gac, Buffalo, Jr., Newark Valley, NY/Newark Valley
Gac broke his own mark and earned an NCAA provisional qualifying distance in the gold division weight throw at the Akron Invitational. Gac posted a throw of 64-8.50 (19.72m) to win the competition, adding a full foot to his school record that he set at the Penn State National Meet on January 30. Gac also placed third in the discus, a competition not usually held indoors, with a toss of 166-11 (50.88m).

Jamal Norward, Buffalo, Jr., Buffalo, NY/Hamburg
Earned spots in the 60-meter hurdle gold division finals at the Akron Invitational. Set a season best time in the preliminaries in 8.06.

David Ashcraft, Central Michigan, So. Harrison, Mich./Harrison
David Ashcraft posted his best times of the season at the Grand Valley Big Meet over the weekend. The sophomore finished seventh in the 400m with a time of 48.82 while also helping the 4x400m relay team post its best time of the year at 3:16.28. He also ran a season-best time of 22.31 in the 200m to finish 17th.

Mychael King, Central Michigan, So., Midland, Mich./Midland
Mychael King posted his best mark of the season at the Grand Valley Big Meet on Saturday. King tossed 52-4 1/2 to finish 13th in a field of 62 in the shot put. King's new season-best currently ranks 10th in the conference.

Clint Allen, Eastern Michigan, Jr., Muskegon, Mich./Orchard View
Clint Allen, who currently has the 20th-fastest time in the nation this year in the 60-meter dash, bounced back from a nagging injury at the Grand Valley State University Big Meet with a 6.76-second 60-meter dash run. His time was good for 4th place in a field of more than 65 athletes. The time also ties the ninth-best mark in EMU history.

Gerald Gersham, Eastern Michigan, Sr., Southfield, Mich./Southfield
After sitting out at Notre Dame's famed Meyo Invitational, senior Gerald Gersham returned to action at the Grand Valley State University Big Meet to capture first place in the shot put. With a toss of 58-02.50 feet, Gersham out-threw second place by half a foot and posted the fourth-best throw in school history.

Additional Nominees for Women's Athlete of the Week
Brittany Cheese, Akron, Fr., Hilliard, Ohio / Hiliard Davidson

Placed third in the pentathlon with an NCAA provisional point total of 3,731. While competing in the pentathlon, she posted a time of 8.65 in the 60m hurdles, which ranks as the third-best time in UA history for the hurdles. Cheese also won the long jump during the pentathlon with an impressive leap of 19-2.50.

Felicia Close, Akron, Jr., Gallipolis, Ohio / Gallia Academy
Placed second in the pentathlon with an NCAA provisional mark of 3,738. The mark was both a personal record and her first NCAA qualifying mark of her career. Her point total was third-best in school history behind All-Americans Mary Varga and Christi Smith. Close posted personal records in the shot put, long jump and 800 meters to post her NCAA provisional mark.

Ra'Jae Marable, Ball State, Jr., Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer
Junior Ra'Jae Marable (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer H.S.) was one of the Cardinals top finishers at the 2010 Hoosier Hills Invitational, posting a season-best time of 8.79 in the 60m hurdles to finish third. Marable also turned in a 14th-place time of 7.96 in the 60m dash and a 24th-place clocking of 26.25 in the 200m dash.

Sabrina Forstein, Bowling Green, Geneva, OH (Geneva)
This is the third meet in a row in which Forstein has won the pole vault. In each of the last two, she has either equaled or broken the previous school record in the event.

Jeanette Pettigrew, Bowling Green, Fr., Cuyahoga Falls, OH (Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy)
Pettigrew has won the 60 meter dash in all three meets in which she's competed in the event. Her time of 7.61 seconds at the All-Ohio Championships is the third best time recorded in the MAC this year and is less than one-tenth of a second away from the school record of 7.53s set in 2006. Pettigrew's win in the 200 meter dash came in her first attempt at the event this season. She's also competed in the 4x400 meter relay three times this year, and in each instance, the Falcons have finished in the top three, including one victory.

Kristy Woods, Buffalo, So., Mercer, PA/Grove City
Finished second in the gold division's women's shot put behind UB's Becky O'Brien (competing unattached). Also had strong finishes in the weight throw and discus, an event not typically held indoors.

Erika Schroll, Central Michigan, Sr., Union, Mich./Three Rivers
Erika Schroll continued her stellar indoor campaign at the Grand Valley Big Meet over the weekend. Schroll won the high jump once again with a career-best 5-11 1/2. The mark improves on her MAC-leading total as she is an inch and a half ahead of the second-leading performer in the conference. The senior also won the pentathlon with 3,615 points.

Brittnee Shreve, Central Michigan, Jr., Romulus, Mich./Romulus
Brittnee Shreve had a breakout performance in a competitive field at the Grand Valley Big Meet over the weekend. Shreve set personal bests in both the 60m and 200m sprints. Shreve posted a 7.65 60m pre-lim time, which ranks seventh in the conference. Her new 200m career best is currently 10th in the league. She also finished 12th in the 60m hurdles with times of 8.87 in prelims and 8.90 in the finals.

Courtney Calka, Eastern Michigan, Livonia, Mich./Stevenson
The freshman sensation Courtney Calka let it be known that she will be a force in the middle distance for years to come as she outran more than 60 athletes to capture a second-place finish in the 800-meter open run at the Grand Valley State University Big Meet. Calka also posted a sixth-place finish in the mile run with a time of 4:54.98, beating out nearly 20 other athletes.

Alexandra Roberts, Miami, So., Hilliard, Ohio/Columbus School for Girls
Roberts had a strong showing in the throws at the All-Ohio Championships to help propel Miami to the team title. In the shot put, the sophomore had a Miami season-best and personal-best heave of 48-00.75 (14.65m) to take third in the event. The put was the second-best distance in the event in Miami indoor history. Roberts also placed ninth in the weight throw with a personal-best throw of 51-07.00 (15.72m). She now ranks sixth on Miami's all-time performers list in the weight throw.

Rhonda Lee, Northern Illinois, So., Flint, MIch./Carman-Ainsworth
Rhonda Lee shattered a 31-year old NIU school record Saturday when she raced to a personal-best time of 7.70 in the 60-meter dash. Lee finished 15th, of 88 partcipants, in the event, a time that qualified her for final-round action at the Iowa State Classic. Before Lee went on to race to a time of 7.80 in finals, her time in preliminaries was NIU's highest-ever finish at the classic.

Deidra McIntosh, Northern Illinois, So., Rockford, Ill./Christian Life F
Deidra McIntosh became the first NIU track and field athlete to ever qualify for finals at the Iowa State Classic this past weekend when she leapt to a personal-best mark of 18-03.00. McIntosh's leap earned her a seventh-place finish in the event and is now among the top-MAC performers in the long jump.

Bahiyjaui Allen, Ohio, Sr., Toledo, Ohio / Sylvania Southview
Bahiyjaui had a great day of competition at the 2010 All-Ohio Championships in Bowling Green, finishing second in the shot put and third in the weight throw. Both of her distances were Ohio season-bests, as her shot put flew 49-06.25 and her weight traveled 54-09.50.

Kari Summers, Ohio, Sr., Troy, Ohio / Troy High School
Kari set an Ohio season-best time in the 1 mile run at the All-Ohio Championships in Bowling Green on Saturday, crossing the line in second place with an impressive 5:10.45 This second place finish locked up some important points for the Bobcats, who finished fourth at the competition.

Alexandra Afloari, Toledo, Jr., Deva, Romania
Alexandra Afloari recorded a fourth place finish in the pentathlon with 3505 points, an effort that moved her into fourth on the school's all-time list. She also competed in the triple jump and took sixth with a mark of 39-02.50, which was tops amongst MAC competitors at The Big Meet.

Ari Fisher, Toledo, Jr., Lebanon, OH/Lebanon
Ari Fisher won the 3000 meter run invite in a time of 9:43.22, 10 seconds faster than Purdue's Kristin Phillips. Her mark moves her into fourth on the UT all-time list behind a trio of All-Americans in Briana Shook (2004), Everlyne Lagat (2003) and Ebba Stenbeck (2007). Fisher bested a field that included competitors from Purdue, Michigan State and Southern Illinois.

Ashley Hunault, Western Michigan, Jr., Alpena, Mich./Alpena
For the second-straight week and the third time on the season Hunault broke the school indoor long jump record. Her distance of 19-11.75 is also tops in the MAC, surpassing her old mark of 19-9 that she set the previous week. Hunault also set a personal best in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.67 seconds.

WMU Distance Medley Relay Team
Cara Cremeans, Iris Campbell, Rachel Whitley and Jennifer Roberts combined to set a new school record in the distance medley relay with a time of 11:43.32, demolishing the previous school record by over three seconds. The team defeated other squads from Oklahoma, Baylor, Illinois, Mississippi and Mississippi State.