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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - For the second time in as many years, Akron All-American Stevi Large won hammer at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championship, held this weekend at the University of Louisville. (Check back later tonight for complete recap/results)
Large, the four-time MAC hammer champion, automatically qualifies for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Her winning throw of 219-1 (66.71) won by 10 feet and set the Louisville track record. Teammate Valerie Wert placed sixth to earn All-Region honors. The sophomore had a throw of 197-3 (60.13). While she did not place fifth to earn the an automatic berth to the NCAA Outdoors, her sixth-place finish at the Regionl combined with her being ranked 16th in the NCAA this season puts her in excellent shape to earn an at-large berth to nationals.
Sophomore Mike McCall also earned All-Region honors, placing seventh in the high jump, being one of four to clear 7-1 (2.16). Like Wert, McCall's finish at the regional and he being 13th (tied) in the NCAA clearing 7-1.75 this season will give McCall a good chance ot earn an at-large berth to nationals.
Ohio’s Kari Summers took 10th place in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 16:45.00 at the University of Louisville’s Cardinal Park. While the top-five earned automatic bids, her top-12 finish leaves her eligible for at-large consideration for a berth in the NCAA Outdoor Championships taking place in two weeks.
Also competing Friday was Emily Amendola in the hammer throw, who qualified with a school-record heave of 186 feet, four inches earlier this season. She turned in a toss of 165 feet, four inches to finish 25th in her second-straight Regional appearance in the hammer.
Saturday will see the three remaining Bobcats in action, beginning with Susan Plungis in the javelin throw, followed by Cathy Udeani in the high jump and Bahiyjaui Allen in the shot put.
Kent State’s men’s and women’s track & field teams made their presence known in day one of the NCAA Mid-East Regional Friday (May 29) at Cardinal Park. KSU’s men’s team earned points in the javelin and placed two runners into the finals, while the women’s team competed in three events.
The Golden Flashes will be well represented in the 1,500 meter finals on Saturday as both sophomore John Minen and senior Tony Jordanek each qualified in the preliminary round on Friday. Both finished among the top 12 of 22 runners. Minen clocked a time of 3:47.61, while Jordanek crossed the line at 3:48.65.
Freshman Brian Florek was the very first athlete to compete in the weekend’s events and wasted no time earning a team point in the javelin. Florek finished eighth of 27 competitors with a throw of 64.29 meters, coming up just three meters shy of a top five finish.
Junior sprinter Curtis Eaton Jr. finished his season, completing the 400 in a time of 48.46 in the preliminary round.
Freshman Dania Dumitrescu, who has already qualified for the NCAA Championships in the heptathlon, competed in the long jump Friday. Dumitrescu’s leap of 5.88 meters garnered her 22nd place.
MAC discus champion Brittini Borrero settled for a 42.58 meter mark as her best throw with fouls on her other two attempts. Junior Jessica Lhotsky came in 21st place in the 800m after qualifying for the event three different times during the regular season.
Nine different Flashes will compete on Saturday (May 30) looking for top five finishes to qualify for the NCAA Championships.