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

Updated 4/14/2008

Track Athlete of the Week

LaTalia Jones, Akron, So., Youngstown, Ohio/Chaney

Jones won the 100 meters with a time of 11.96. Later, Jones would win the 200 with a season-best time of 24.28. She additionally ran the anchor leg of the winning 4x100 (46.51) and 4x400 relay (4:08.99) teams.


Field Athlete of the Week

Whitney Hartman, Bowling Green, Jr., Bowling Green, Ohio/Eastwood

Hartman had her best performances of the outdoor season, capturing the hammer throw crown with a mark of 181-04, which also qualified her for Regionals. Her throw was also the fourth longest in school history. She was also impressive in the discus, recording a distance of 137-02, to finish sixth in the event.



Track Nominees

Carly Bates, Bowling Green, So., Palatine, Ill./Palatine

Carly Bates captured the 800-meter crown this past weekend at the Miami Team Challenge with a time of 2:17.12.


Christine Sprehe, Buffalo, Boston, NY/Orchard Park

Sprehe finished fourth in the women's 800-meters in 2:17.40 at the Miami Invitational. Sprehe led for a good portion of the race and was outleaned at the finish line as the top five finishers all placed within .30 seconds of each other. She was also part of UB's 4x400m relay team which finished fifth in 4:07.12. 


Kelly McClure, Central Michigan, Sr., Iron Mountain, Mich./Iron Mountain

McClure finished first in the steeplechase at the Sea Ray Relays with a time of 10:56.80.


Andrea Wheeler, Eastern Michigan, Sr., Suffolk, Va./Lakeland

Senior Andrea Wheeler competed at the Sea Ray Relays, where she finished 16th in the 100 hurdles among some very good competition. She set a personal best 14.02.


Sha’tira Snell, Kent State, Junior, Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills

Snell won the women’s 100 meter hurdles with a lifetime personal-best time of 13.93.


Margarita Pogorelov, Miami, So., Bat Yam, Israel

Her 11.85 time in the 100-meter dash is the fastest time in the MAC this season.


Francine Jennings, Toledo, Sr., Cleveland , OH/Rhodes

Jennings placed second in the 100-meter hurdles coming in at 14.85, a whole second behind the first place finisher from Michigan State. She also came in sixth in the 400-meter hurdles at 1:09.18 just under five second slower than the first place finisher from Grand Valley State.


Danielle Brown, Western Michigan, Jr., Kalamazoo, Mich./Kalamazoo Central

Brown qualified for the NCAA Regionals in the 400-meter hurdles and in the 4x400 relay. She came within .01 seconds of qualifying in the 100-meter hurdles.



Field Nominees

Niesha Kelly, Akron, So., Bedord, Ohio/St. Peter Chanal

First, won the long jump with a leap of 18-10 (5.74). On Saturday, completed the sweep by winning the triple jump with a distance of 37-3 (11.35).


Vanessa Roelofsen, Buffalo, Alma, Ontario/Norwell District SS

Roelofsen won the javelin event at the Miami Invitational with a throw of 149-10 (45.67m) as UB claimed the top two spots in the competition. She has already qualified for the NCAA East Regional meet in May after her season-best toss of 153-3 (46.72m) last month at the Seahawk Invitational.


Allison Jakubowski, Central Michigan, Jr., Casco, Mich./Anchor Bay

Jakubowski's took eight in the javelin with a throw of 131-6 at the Sea Ray relays.


Janice Keppler, Eastern Michigan, Jr., Medina, N.Y./ Medina

Junior Janice Keppler qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regional meet for the second year in a row at the Sea Ray Relays. She cleared 14-07.50 to finish tenth.


Bekah Stoltz, Kent State, Sophomore, Suagerties, N/Y./Columbia Falls

Stoltz won the women’s javelin with toss of 136’-3” for her second victory in the javelin in consecutive meets.


Nicki Mitchell, Miami, So., Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest

Set season bests in the long and triple jump (Triple Jump; 37-2 1/2; first Long Jump; 18-0 ┬Ż).


Shari Harmon, Toledo, Fr., Temperance, MI/Bedford

Harmon had tied for second place in the pole vault with a jump of 3.55m, only .35m behind the first place finisher from Michigan State.


Kari Richards, Western Michigan, Sr., Fox Lake, Ill./Grant Community

Richards finished fourth place in the discus at the Sea Ray relays with at throw of 154-06.