MAC Announces Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 4/29/2010
Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Rachel Patterson, Miami, R-So., Rochester, Mich./Adams

Patterson ran the 5000m at the prestigious Penn Relays on Thursday and clocked in a personal-best time of 16:44.23, which is the top time in the MAC so far this year by over five seconds. Her time ranks eighth all-time at Miami while she now ranks third all-time among Miami performers in the event. Patterson finished 15th out of 37 runners in the race, which featured participants from schools all across the country.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Brittni Borrero, Kent State, Cumberland, Ohio/Buckeye Trail

Borrero captured the title at the highly competitive Penn Relays Friday (April 23) in the College Women's District Throw Championship. Borrero threw a season-high 171'-8" (52.34 meter) to capture the crown by 1.5 feet. It is currently the 14th-best mark of the season nationally and ranks ninth among NCAA East Region members.

Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Kenneth Agee, Kent State, Fr., Shaker Heights/Shaker Heights

Freshman Kenneth Agee set a personal outdoor record in the high jump by clearing the bar at 6'-11.5" inches to place second at the Penn Relays in the College Men's High Jump Competition, including beating the defending Mid-American Conference champion. The mark was the fifth-best in school history and ranks 36th in the country and the 19th-best in the NCAA East Region.

Men's Track Athlete of the Week
John Connors, Buffalo, Sr., Grand Island, NY/Grand Island Track

At the Cornell Big Red Invitational, Connors won the men's 400-meter hurdles in a season-best time of 53.30.



Additional Nominees for Women's Athlete of the Week
Jenna Schmitmeyer, Ball State, Sr., Celina, Ohio/Celina

Senior Jenna Schmitmeyer posted a career-fast time of 1:01.91 in the 400m hurdles to win the event at the 2010 Stan Lyons Invitational hosted by Butler. Her time was a second faster the her closest competition.

Thekla Lorenz, Ball State, R-So., Hamburg, Germany
Lorenz won the long jump at the 2010 Stan Lyons Invitational with a season-best leap of 19-1.5 (5.83m). The effort currently ranks her in the top 10 in the Mid-American Conference.

Kristy Woods, Buffalo, So., Mercer, PA/Grove City Field
At the Cornell Big Red Invitational, Woods set a Kane Complex record with her win in the women's shot put as she finished with a throw of 52-10 (16.10m). The throw obliterated the previous record, set last year by UB's Tina Villa by nearly five feet. Woods also led a 1-2-3 finish for the women in the hammer throw with her winning effort of 185-9 (56.61m).

Women's 4x400-meter relay team, Buffalo
At the Penn Relays, the women's 4x400-meter relay team posted a new school record in winning their heat on Thursday. The foursome of Jamiee McClary (Fr., Rochester, NY/Our Lady of Mercy), Jackie Burns (So., North Tonawanda, NY/North Tonawanda), Brooklynn Ventura (Fr., Waterloo, NY/Waterloo) and Allison Grimes (Sr., Georgetown, TX/Georgetown) turned in a clocking of 3:43.03 to slice 1.74 seconds from the 2005 record. The Bulls won their heat by 10 seconds. The team advanced to the ECAC championship race on Saturday finishing eighth in 3:45.88.

Danielle Dakroub, Central Michigan, Jr., Okemos, Mich./Okemos
Danielle Dakroub shattered her previous career best in the 5000m at the Gina Relays over the weekend, crossing the line in 17:27.90, nearly 45 seconds faster than her previous best. The mark earned Dakroub a 14th-place finish in the race of 84 athletes. The junior's time is the sixth-fastest recorded by a MAC athlete during the outdoor season.

Mykal Imbrock, Central Michigan, Jr., Hamler, Ohio/Patrick Henry
Mykal Imbrock leaped up the Mid-American Conference rankings with a career effort at the Gina Relays over the weekend. Imbrock took third in the hammer throw with a career-best 178-11. The toss is the fifth highest in the MAC this season.

Ashlee Abraham, Eastern Michigan, Fr., Southfield, Mich./Renaissance High School
During the famed Penn Hills Relays, freshman speedster Ashlee Abraham ran the lead-off leg for the Eagles as the team raced to a heat victory in the Sprint Medley Relay and ran the seventh-best time of 36 teams competing from the SEC, Big 12, ACC and Big East Conferences, to name a few. In the 4x100-meter relay, Abraham once again ran the lead leg for the team which finished fourth in the final. There were 96 teams in the race. The time was a season-best for the MAC in the 4x100 this year. The freshman also placed 20th in the field in the 100-meter dash.

Samantha Gable, Miami, So., Greenfield, Ind./Greenfield Central
Gable won two events Saturday at the RedHawk Invitational, hosted by Miami. She took first in the hammer throw with a personal-best heave of 177-2/54.02m, which ranks her third all-time at Miami. She won the nine-woman event by nearly nine feet while her throw ranks tied for sixth in the MAC so far this year and 87th nationally. Gable also claimed the shot put title with another personal-best mark of 45-5.75/13.86m, which places her seventh on Miami's all-time list. Her throw ranks ninth in the MAC so far this year. The sophomore was the runner-up in the discus as well with a third personal-best distance of 142-9/43.52m.

Courtney Oldeburg, Northern Illinois, Fr., West Salem, Wis./West Salem
Courtney Oldenburg shattered an NIU school record in the1500-meter run, racing to an eighth-place time of 4:29.83 at the Drake Relays, a time that places her fourth in the MAC. The freshman was also a member of the distance medley relay that set a NIU school record time at the relays. The Huskies raced to a time of 12:14.80 in the event. Oldenburg ran a leg of the 4x800-meter relay that set a season-best 9:28.28.

Cora Caulfield, Northern Illinois, Sr., Fox Lake, Ill./Grant
Cora Caulfield represented NIU in the discus throw at the Drake Relays. Caulfield recorded a throw of 144-08 (44.09m), to place 22nd.

Annie Beecham, Ohio, Sr., Granville, Ohio / Granville
Bobcat Annie Beecham earned the other Ohio first-place honor of the weekend, as she took the top spot in the 3000 meter run with her team-best mark of 9:56.49. She blew past the competition, defeating the second place finisher (Rachel Severin of Michigan) by 12 full seconds. This is the fastest time run by an Ohio student-athlete in the 2010 season.

Alexis Geiger, Ohio, Fr., Gallipolis, Ohio / Galllia Academy
Freshman Alexis Geiger (Gallipolis, Ohio) had a great weekend at the Relays, jumping her way to two spots on the teamâ€TMs top-five. Her triple jump leaps of 10.84m (35-06.75 feet) were good enough for eighth place overall and third on the teamâ€TMs season top-five list. Also at the meet, she was able to grab one of the two first place honors earned by the Bobcats as she took the top honors in the long jump. Her leap of 5.88m (19-03.50 feet) was a team best by nearly a full foot. Not only that, but it was less 12 inches away from the Ohio University program record (20-01.25 feet).

Alexandra Afloari, Toledo Jr., Deva, Romania
Competing at the prestigious Penn Relays, Alexandra Afloari paced the Rockets with a third-place effort in the triple jump, besting competitors from Auburn, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, amongst others. She was the best MAC finisher in the event and her mark is the second-longest in the conference this season, as well as the second-best in school history.

Ari Fisher, Toledo, Jr., Lebanon, OH/Lebanon
Competing at the prestigious Penn Relays, Ari Fisher placed 13th out of 28 competitors in the 3000 meter run. Her mark of 9:51.96 is the best in the conference this spring by nearly five seconds and the fourth-best in school history.

Ashley Hunault, Western Michigan, Jr., Alpena, Mich./Alpena
Hunault finished in fourth place in the long jump a the 101st running of the Drake Relays to keep her position at the top of the MAC. Hunault's jump of 20-01.75 was the second time this season she has surpassed the 20-foot barrier and she remains the only individual in the MAC to have a jump beyond 20 feet. She also helped the sprint medley relay team to the third best time in school history at 3:54.27 and helped the 4x400 meter relay team run its fastest time of the season at 3:39.00.

Additional Nominees for Men's Athlete of the Week
Matt Gac, Buffalo, Jr., Newark Valley, NY/Newark Valley

At the Cornell Big Red Invitational, Gac won the men's hammer throw at 195-2 (59.50m), winning the competition by 16 feet. He also finished second in the men's discus at 165-4 (50.40m).

Sammy Kiprotich, Central Michigan, Jr., Eldoret, Kenya/Tambach
Sammy Kiprotich had a career-day at the Gina Relays in Hillsdale, Mich., over the weekend. The junior took third in the 10,000m with a career-best 30:04.14 in a field of 57 competitors at the meet. Kiprotich's time is currently the third highest mark among all MAC runners in the event.

Greg Pilling, Central Michigan ,Sr., London, Ont./Sir Frederick Banting
Competing against several nationally ranked throwers, Greg Pilling put together his best effort of the outdoor season to date. Pilling posted a pair of top-five finishes, taking third in the hammer throw with a toss of 182-10 and claiming fourth in the discus with a throw of 179-3. The discus mark is the 36th best in the country and the second highest in the Mid-American Conference this season.

Nate Scales, Kent State, Fr., Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby
Nate Scales turned in the best 100 meters time this spring for the Golden Flashes to finish third (second among attached runners) with a time of 10.68 at the Ashland Alumni Open Saturday (April 24). He bettered his personal by 0.15 seconds and it is tied for the second-fastest time in the conference this season.

Michael Perry, Miami, Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods
Perry ran to a first-place finish in the 1500m run Saturday at the RedHawk Invitational, which Miami hosted. He crossed the line in a personal-best mark of 3:58.39, shaving nearly four seconds off his previous best. His time ranks eighth in the MAC this year.

John Gausmann, Miami, Jr., Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central
Gausmann had a strong showing in the throws Saturday at the RedHawk Invitational, which Miami hosted. The junior won the discus throw with a personal-best heave of 164-6 (50.14m), which ranks 10th all-time at Miami and sixth in the MAC so far this year. He improved his previous best by nearly five feet. Gausmann also placed second in the hammer throw with a toss of 154-10 (47.20m).