MAC Announces Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 1/12/2010
Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Rhonda Lee, Northern Illinois, Fr., Flint, Mich./Carman-Ainsworth
In her second indoor track competition of her collegiate career Lee walked away with three top-five performance. Lee finished the 200-meter dash in a time of 26.63, a personal-best mark for the freshman. Lee also competed in the 60-meter dash, recording her second top-five performance with a time of 7.91. Her first-place mark of 17-07.00 in the long jump was also a personal-best for the freshman.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Irene Cooper, Western Michigan, Sr., Bloomfield, MIch./Lahser
Cooper helped the Broncos defeat the Rockets 71.50-67.50 by winning both the shot put and the weight throw. Cooper's distance in the weight throw (64-04.25 )was an NCAA provisional qualifying mark and was just nine inches from breaking her school record.

Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Sean Brummert, Buffalo, Jr. Oakfield, NY/Oakfield-Alabama
Brummert won the men's 800-meters in 1:54.19, posting an IC4A qualifying time in the event. He held off Akron's Joe Mummert by .16 seconds to take the victory in UB's season-opening meet against the Zips.

Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Gerald Gersham, Eastern Michigan, Sr., Southfield, Mich.-Southfield
Gersham's throw in the shot put was the best of his career and qualified him for NCAA Provisional (62-01.25). It also bested second place at the meet, his teammate Andrew Meyer, by nearly 10 feet.

Women's Track Athlete of the Week Nominees
Angela Klimkowski, Ohio, Fr., West Milton, Ohio/Milton Union
Angela had a good showing at the 2010 Buckeye Classic, competing in both the 800 meter run and the one-mile run. She finished first for Ohio in both events and sixth overall (in both events).

Jaimee McClary, Buffalo, Fr., Rochester, NY/Our Lady of Mercy
McClary made an impressive debut for the UB women as she won the 200-meters in 24.75. The time took a quarter of a second off the previous record of 25.00 set by Janelle Callender in 2003. McClary also finished fifth in the 60-meter hurdles in a personal-best 8.99 and ran the opening leg on UB's 4x400-meter relay (3:59.91).

Shanaye Carr, Central Michigan, Jr., Lansing, Mich./Lansing Waverly

Won two events, crossed the line in a season-best 8.75 (fastest in the MAC) in the 60m hurdle prelims and won the finals with a time of 8.89 ... won the 200m with a time of 26.30.

Ashlee Abraham, Eastern Michigan, Fr., Southfield, Mich.-Renaissance
It was Abraham's first collegiate race and she coasted to the finish line, letting up about 5 meters short. With her time of 7.57 seconds, Abraham finished just .13 seconds shy of the provisional qualifier mark. She also comfortably won her heat in the 200 by finishing nearly three quarters of a second faster than the runner up.

Amanda Kaverman, Toledo, Jr., Sylvania, OH/Southview
Kaverman won two events, the 55 and 200 meter dash, as the Rockets fell just short to Western Michigan, losing 71.5-67.5.

Jennifer Roberts, Western Michigan, Sr., Bollingbrook, Ill./Romeovillec
Roberts scored eight crucial points with her win in the mile run and second place finish in the 800m run as the Broncos beat Toledo 71.50-67.50 to open the 2010 season.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week Nominees
Valerie Wert, Akron, Jr., Lexington, Ohio / Lexington
Posted and NCAA Provisional mark in winning the weight throw with a toss of 64-02.25 (19.56). She was nearly a foot better than second place, Michigan's Emily Pendleton (56-0.50).

Kristy Woods, Buffalo, So. Mercer, PA/Grove City
Woods picked up where she left off last season. In the first meet of the 2010 season, Woods set an NCAA provisional qualifying mark with her win in the women's shot put. Woods posted a best throw of 50-0 (15.24m), improving on her top mark of last season by more than a foot. Woods also finished third in the weight throw at 55-2 (16.81m), just three-quarters of an inch off last year's top mark.

Whitney Johnson, Central Michigan, Sr., Saginaw, Mich./Arthur Hill
Finished runner-up in the weight throw at the Chippewa Open, opening her season with a toss of 55-1 1/2.

Angela Scarber, Eastern Michigan, Waterford, Mich./Waterford Kettering
Her mark in the weight throw was the second best throw in school history, only falling short of the tying the record by 1-05.25. No qualifying marks were met.

Jenner Sio, Northern Illinois, So., Rockford, Ill./Christian Life
In her second competition of the season Jenner Sio walked away with first-place finishes in each event she competed. Sio beat out competition from seven other schools, including MAC foe Eastern Michigan, to place first in both the triple jump and long jump events. Sio tied teammate Rhonda Lee for first-place in the long jump event, when she jumped to a mark of 17-07.00. Sio notch her second first-place finish of the evening when she recorded a 36-04.00 in the triple jump.

Cathy Udeani, Ohio, Jr., Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Bishop Hartley
Cathy Udeani had a great day for the Bobcats at the 2010 Buckeye Classic. She finished in first place at the women's high jump competition, clearing a 1.65 m (5-05.00) bar to grab the top spot. With this first competition and victory under her belt, the junior from Reynoldsburg, Ohio is off to a great start in 2010.

Alex Afloari, Toledo, Jr., Deva, Romania
Afloari claimed wins in the 55 meter hurdles and triple jump over the weekend. She has now won the triple jump in each of the team's three meets this season. Additionally, Afloari took second in the long jump as Toledo fell just short of knocking off Western Michigan, losing 71.5-67.5.

Men's Track Athletes of the Week Nominees
Phil Ferguson, Akron, So., Copley, Ohio/Copley
Won the 200 with a time of 21.37, which is the third-fastest in UA history. Placed second in the 60 (6.87) behind teammate Aaron Dobson (6.84).

Renaldo Powell, Central Michigan, Fr., Wayne, Mich./Wayne Memorial

Ran the 60m hurdles in a season-best 8.19 (second fastest in the MAC) in the prelims of the Chippewa Open on Friday ... won the event with a time of 8.35 in the finals.

Clint Allen, Eastern Michigan, Sr., Muskegon, Mich.-Oakland View
According to, Allen's time was good enough for him to be an NCAA provisional qualifier in the 60-meter dash. In the 4x400, Allen was instrumental, as the lead leg, in helping his team edge out the University of Michigan by just over half a second in the most exciting competition of the entire meet.

Men's Field Athletes of the Week Nominees

Mike Uhle, Akron, Jr., Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty
Cleared an NCAA provisional mark of 5.20 (17-00.75) in winning pole vault.

Rob Golabek, Buffalo, So., Hamburg, NY/Frontier

Golabek won the men's shot put at the Akron meet with a throw of 56-6 (17.22m). He also picked up a third-place finish in the weight throw at 57-5.50 (17.51m) earning IC4A qualifying marks in both events.

Marcus Breidinger, Central Michigan, Sr., Alma, Mich./Alma
Won the pole vault in his first meet of the season, clearing 16-0 3/4 ... the highest he has ever posted in a season-opener.