Kent State Holds Off Eastern Michigan Charge at MAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Updated 5/14/2011

Final Results

DEKALB, Illinois - The Kent State Golden Flashes women's track and field team held on to defeat Eastern Michigan by a single point in a competition that wasn't decided until the final race at the 2011 MAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. On the men's side, Akron was never seriously challenged as they held the lead for all three days of the competition and cruised to a 33-point victory over the rest of the field.

In a day that was drastically different than planned due to yesterday's long delay, competition began at 8 am with the men's and women's long jump and women's shot put. Iris Campbell of Western Michigan, the Women's Most Valuable Performer, took home the long jump title, one of two event wins for her on the day, with an effort of 19-6 (5.94m) while Collister Fahie of Akron won the men's event with a jump of 25-4.75 (7.74m). In the women's shot put, Becky O'Brien, a Buffalo freshman, shattered the MAC Championship record with a throw of 56-6 (17.22m), two feet better than the previous record set in 1999.

In the steeplechase races, a pair of seniors ended their final MAC Championships in style. Ryan Bloom of Buffalo edged Akron's Joe McCoy at the finish line by .02 to win the men's race and Cassie Schenck of Akron pulled away from the pack on the last straight-away to defeat Emma Kertesz of Toledo by just over 10 seconds on the women's side.

The relays saw a bit of a changing of the guard when the host Northern Illinois Huskies edged out Eastern Michigan in the women's 4X100, the Huskies' first event win since 2006. In the men's 4X100, Kent State and Akron ended so closely that after some time it was determined that the Golden Flashes had won the race by just .004 of a second.

The early afternoon saw the running of the 1,500 meter events. In the men's race, freshman Tecumseh Adams of Central Michigan was able to leap over and avoid a falling competitor in the final ten meters to pull out his first career MAC title while Rachel Whitley, named the Women's Outstanding Track Performer, survived a sprint to the finish with Miami's Katie Lenahan, winning the title by a quarter of a second.

Adams wasn't the only freshman to take a track event on the day. Brycen Spratling of Eastern Michigan was named MAC Outstanding Track Performer on the men's side in part because of his 46.65 time in the 200 Meters.

The women's high jump saw Ball State freshman Rebecca Lomax take home her first title, clearing 5-10.00 to defeat second-place finisher Tatijana Jacobson of Bowling Green by three inches.

The last two individual races of the day were the men's and women's 5,000 meters. Terefe Ejigu of Eastern Michigan once again flashed his dominance in distance events, adding to his stockpile of medals with a second first-place finish. The 26 points Ejigu scored for EMU was enough to earn him Men's Most Valuable Performer. In the women's race, Annie Beecham of Ohio went neck-and-neck with Rachel Patterson of Miami for the second time in three days, this time coming out ahead after a second-place finish to Patterson in the 10,000 meters.

The end of the individual events set up the drama that was ahead in the 4X400 women's relay. With Kent State clinging to a three-point advantage over EMU entering the day's final women's race, the Eagles' team of Dejaa Shearer, Asia Rawls, Beverly Elcock and Shantavia Williams finished first and earned 10 points to apply as much pressure as they could to the Golden Flashes. However the Kent State relay squad of Kayla Schoenle, Erica Hutson, Andreea Patrasc and Shanequa Williams held off Buffalo by .27 to finish in second and earn eight points, just enough to edge out Eastern Michigan.

The championship won by Akron's men's squad is its third MAC title, all coming in the last four years. For Kent State's women, the 2011 MAC Championship is its second consecutive outdoor title and fourth overall.

Final Men's Standings
1. Akron 198.50
2. Kent State 165.50
3. Central Michigan 119
t-4. Buffalo 112
t-4. Eastern Michigan 112
6. Miami 105

Final Women's Standings
1. Kent State 117.50
2. Eastern Michigan 116.50
3. Miami 107
4. Western Michigan 92
5. Buffalo 78
t-6. Akron 55
t-6. Toledo 55
8. Northern Illinois 47
9. Ohio 46
10. Central Michigan 38
11. Bowling Green 36
12. Ball State 25

Men's Awards
Team Champion - University of Akron
Most Outstanding Track Performance - Brycen Spratling, Eastern Michigan
Most Outstanding Field Performance - Bjorn Johansson, Akron
Most Valuable Performer - Terefe Ejigu, Eastern Michigan
Coach of the Year - Dennis Mitchell, Akron

All-MAC First Team
Matt Pfleger, Kent State - Hammer
Tyler Sweet, Akron - Javelin
Terefe Ejigu, Eastern Michigan - 5,000 Meters, 10,000 Meters
Rob Golabek, Buffalo - Shot Put
Bjorn Johansson, Akron - Decathlon
Ryan Bloom, Buffalo - 3,000 Meter Steeplechase
Collister Fahie, Akron - Long Jump
Evan Palmer, Buffalo - Discus
Tyshaun Peoples, Akron - 110 Meter Hurdles
Tecumseh Adams, Central Michigan - 1,500 Meters
Michael McCall, Akron - High Jump
Brycen Spratling, Eastern Michigan - 400 Meters
Clint Allen, Eastern Michigan - 100 Meters
Willie Brown, Akron - 800 Meters
William Cole, Buffalo - 400 Meter Hurdles
Brian Smith, Buffalo - 200 Meters
Kenny Owens, Akron - Pole Vault
Rob Falchi, Kent State - Triple Jump

All MAC Second Team
Eric Hubbard, Akron - Hammer
Kyle Smith, Central Michigan - Javelin
Austin Hendrix, Eastern Michigan - 10,000 Meters
Adam Ruiz, Miami - Shot Put
Michael McCarty, Miami - Decathlon
Joe McCoy, Akron - 3,000 Meter Steeplechase
Tyshaun Peoples, Akron - Long Jump
Matt Gac, Buffalo - Discus
Mitchell Seawood, Kent State - 110 Meter Hurdles
Jarrod Eick, Miami - 1,500 Meters
Dean Wood, Kent State - High Jump
Jahquil Hargrove, Miami - 400 Meters
Princeton Bryson, Kent State 100 Meters, 200 Meters
Marteze Roper, Kent State - 800 Meters
KC LaCross, Akron - 400 Meter Hurdles
Daniel Garrett, Akron - Pole Vault
Donald Scott, Eastern Michigan - Triple Jump

Women's Awards
Team Champion - Kent State University
Most Outstanding Track Performance - Rachel Whitley, Western Michigan
Most Outstanding Field Performance - Becky O'Brien, Buffalo
Most Valuable Performer - Iris Campbell, Western Michigan
Coach of the Year - Bill Lawson

All-MAC First Team
Shant'e White, Buffalo - Hammer
Jessica Hemingway, Eastern Michigan - Pole Vault
Victoria Paterra, Miami - Javelin
Rachel Patterson, Miami - 10,000 Meters
Diana Dumitrescu, Kent State - Heptathlon
Cassie Schenck, Akron - 3,000 Meter Steeplechase
Iris Campbell, Western Michigan - Long Jump, 200 Meters
Rachel Whitley, Western Michigan - 1,500 meters, 800 Meters
Becky O'Brien, Buffalo - Discus, Shot Put
Layne Baggett, Miami - 100 Meter Hurdles
Shantavia Williams, Eastern Michigan - 400 Meters
Ashlee Abraham, Eastern Michigan - 100 Meters
Hope Alexander, Miami - Triple Jump
Asia Rawls, Eastern Michigan - 400 Meter Hurdles
Rebecca Lomax, Ball State - High Jump
Annie Beecham, Ohio - 5,000 Meters

All-MAC Second Team
Melissa Kurzdorfer, Kent State - Hammer
Kim Preston, Kent State - Pole Vault
Sara Oczypok, Kent State - Javelin
Thekla Lorenz, Ball State - Heptathlon
Emma Kertesz, Toledo - 3,000 Meter Steeplechase
Brittany Cheese, Akron - Long Jump
Katie Lenahan, Miami - 1,500 Meters
Alexandra Roberts, Miami - Shot Put
Roneisha Frye, Northern Illinois - 100 Meter Hurdles
Diona Graves, Miami - 100 Meters
Shnell Wishart, Eastern Michigan - Triple Jump
Asia Henry, Buffalo - 800 Meters
Andreea Patrasc, Kent State - 400 Meter Hurdles
Rasheta Butler, Northern Illinois - 200 Meters
Tatijana Jacobson, Bowling Green - High Jump
Valerie Wert, Akron - Discus