MAC Announces Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 2/24/2010
Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Ashley Hunault, Western Michigan, Jr., Alpena, Mich./Alpena
Hunault helped the Broncos to its sixth-consecutive Ball State Quad meet by breaking the school record in the 60m dash as well as winning the long jump and the triple jump. Hunault actually broke the record twice, first in the preliminaries with a time of 7.54 and then in the finals at 7.51 seconds.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Carrie Kayes, Akron, Sr., Green, Ohio (Green HS)

Won the pole vault at the Zips Invitational with a vault of 14-01.25 (4.30). Kayes' vault not only broke a six-year Akron record, but it also broke the Mid-American Conference all-time record of 14-0 set previously by Akron's Kira Sims. It marks the second time this season Kayes has posted an NCAA automatic qualifying mark and stands as the sixth-best vault in the NCAA this season.

Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Princeton Bryson, Kent State, So., Toledo, Ohio/Toledo Bowsher

At the Kent State tune-up, the Golden Flashes final meet before the MAC Championships, Bryson recorded the best time in the MAC for the 2010 season and the second-best time in KSU history with a 21.14 to win the 200 meters by more than half of a second. The NCAA provisional-qualifying time is currently the 18th-best in the nation this season.

Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Dean Wood, Kent State, So., New South Wales, Australia/New South Wales

In his final meet before the MAC Championships, sophomore Dean Wood dominated the field by more than three inches easily claim the title in the high jump. Wood cleared the bar at 7'-1.50" to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships with the best mark in the MAC's this year and the 18th-best in the country.


Additional Nominees for Women's Athletes of the Week
Brittany Cheese, Akron, Fr., Hilliard, Ohio / Hillianrd Davidson HS

Won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.67 at the Zips Invitational. Also won the high jump with a leap personal-record of 5-6.

Ra'Jae Marable, Ball State, (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer H.S.)
Ra'Jae Marable posted the Cardinals first event win at the 2010 Ball State Quadrangular with a season-best time of 8.55 in the 60m hurdles. Marable was also the sixth seed in the 60m dash with a time of 7.82, but did not compete in the finals due to illness.

Thekla Lorenz, Ball State, Hamburg, Germany
Thekla Lorenz battled through illness to place second in the long jump (6.01m), third in the high jump (1.65m) and 10th in the shot put (11.66m) at the Ball State Quadrangular. Lorenz also earned the sixth spot in the 60m hurdles preliminaries with a time of 9.05, but was unable to compete in the finals due to illness.

Tiffany Maskulinski, Buffalo, Sr., Elma, NY/Iroquois
Maskulinski reached an NCAA provisional qualifying height with her second-place finish in the women's pole vault.

Leah Wightman, Buffalo, Fr., Chatham, NY/Chatham
Wightman led a one-two-three Buffalo finish as she won the 800-meters in a personal-best 2:12.84 at the Zips Open. Wightman lowered her ECAC qualifying time by four-hundredths of a second and qualified for the USATF Junior Nationals.

Shanaye Carr, Central Michigan, Jr., Lansing, Mich./Lansing Waverly
Shanaye Carr had a career-day and moved to the brink of a provisional qualifying mark at the Jack Skoog Open on Friday. Carr won the 60m hurdles with a career-best 8.53. Her new top time is the fastest in the conference and is only one-tenth of a second shy of the provisional qualifying mark.

Charity Sunderman, Central Michigan, Sr., Jackson, Mich./Jackson
Charity Sunderman unleashed a throw for the CMU record book at the Jack Skoog Open on Friday night. The senior tossed a career-best 62-6 in the weight throw to win the event and break the Chippewas' record (Kari Taylor; 60-6 1/2) by nearly two feet. The distance also made her a provisional qualifier for the first time in her career and bumped her up to third in the conference.

Diana Dumitrescu, Kent State, So., Campulung, Arges Romania (LNPA Campulung Muscel)
In her final meet before the conference championships at the Kent State Tune-Up, sophomore Diana Dumitrescu won the triple jump with a career-best 40'-6,25," the top mark in the MAC this season and the third best jump in school history. Dumitrescu jumped more than two feet longer than her nearest competitor.

Jessica Lhotsky, Kent State, Sr., Medina, Ohio/Medina Highland
At the Kent State Tune-Up, the final meet for the Golden Flashes before the MAC Championships, senior Jessica Lhotsky beat the entire field by about three seconds in claiming the 1000 meter run title in 2:52.96. She finished ahead of freshman teammate Mindy Sawnor.

Alexandra Roberts, Miami, Fr., Hilliard, Ohio/Columbus School for Girls
Roberts shattered Miami's school record in the shot put Friday at the Ball State Quadrangular with a heave of 49-01.75 (14.98m), breaking the old mark of 48-2.75 (14.70m), which was set in 2003. She took first in the event, winning by over two and a half feet, with her mark ranking fourth in the MAC so far this year. In the weight throw, Roberts placed second with a Miami season-best and personal-best toss of 55-07.00 (16.94m), which ranks her third on Miami's all-time indoor performers list in the event.

Cathy Udeani, Ohio, Jr., Reynoldsburg, Ohio / Bishop Hartley
Cathy competed in one event for Ohio at the Ohio State Tune-Up on Friday in Columbus, taking first place in the high jump with a leap of 5-05.75. Cathy has finished in either first or second place in all seven of her high jump competitions this season and holds all five of Ohio's top marks in the event this season.

Amanda Kaverman, Toledo, Jr, Sylvania, OH/Southview
Kaverman finished third in the 60 meter dash (7.69) Saturday at Michigan's Silverston Invitational, outracing competitors from Michigan, Michigan State, Eastern Michigan and Detroit Mercy. Her mark was the 10th-best in the MAC this season, and Kaverman now ranks in the top-10 in the 60, the 200 (third) and the 400 (ninth).

Kiah Douglas, Toledo, Fr., Saginaw, MI/Arthur Hill
Douglas led five Rocket long jumpers who placed in the top-seven at Saturday's Silverston Invitational, hosted by Michigan. She finished in second with her jump of 18-03.75.

Irene Cooper, Western Michigan, Sr., Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Lahser
Cooper crushed her previous school record in the weight throw by two feet en route to helping the Broncos win at the Ball State Quad. It is the second consecutive year she has broken the weight throw school record at the Ball State Quad. Cooper also hit a personal best distance of 46-5.50 in the shot put.

Additional Nominees for Men's Athlete of the Week
Tyshaun Peoples, Akron, So., Cleveland, Ohio / Glenville

Was the top collegian to finish (second overall) in the 60-meter hurdles. His time of 6.89 was his first provisional mark of the season and the fourth time he has broken his own school record this season. His record-setting time progression has been 8.01, 7.97, 7.95 and now 7.89.

Mike Uhle, Akron, Jr., Powell, Ohio / Olentangy Liberty
Won the pole vault at the Zips Invitational with an NCAA provisional mark of 17-4.50. It marks the fifth time Uhle has won the pole vault this season, all with NCAA provisional marks. His vault of 17-4.50 is tied for the second-best mark in the MAC this season behind his own mark of 17-7.25, which ranks ninth-best in the NCAA this season.

John Bauman, Buffalo, Jr., Williamsville, NY/Williamsville
Bauman won the 800-meters at the Zips Open. He finished 1.34 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Zachary Goulet of Akron.

Tomarris Bell, Buffalo, Fr., Rochester, NY/McQuaid
Bell won the triple jump at the Zips Open with a leap of 44-11.50. Teammate Richie Sebuharara finished second as the only competitors in the field.

Kevin Bacon, Central Michigan, Fr., Vassar, Mich./Vassar
Kevin Bacon had a breakout day for CMU at its final regular season meet before hosting the MAC Indoor Championships last weekend. Bacon leaped 24-1 1/2 in the long jump at the Jack Skoog Open, beating his previous career-best by over a foot. Bacon's new high mark is the best in the MAC, nearly six inches better than the next closest league competitor.

Riak Mabil, Central Michigan, Sr., Lansing, Mich./Grand Ledge HS
Riak Mabil led all attached collegiate runners with a career-best 4:13.84 in the mile run at the Jack Skoog Open on Friday. His time moved him up the conference rankings in the event. The senior and defending 5000m conference champion currently ninth in the league in the mile.